Category Archives: technology policy

Big Tech: Bull Fight

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There comes a time.

A time when you have to face the bull.

You can’t have a corporate leader who terrorizes employees, makes policy in public, and cuts unauthorized deals. 

And when the time comes.  Only one person can do the job

The episode 28  of the audio drama What Big Tech Doesn’t Know About Washington. 

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T & S
  • Ron Bianchi – Roger Senior Congressional Aide
  • Anastasia DeLoret – Karine of HWMS
  • Jakob Minevich –  Victor Numerof of T & S
  • Kit Kuksenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO Talking and Shopping 
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: The Conversation

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Intimate Knowledge.  

It doesn’t mean what it used to mean.

And it doesn’t make things any easier.  

As Abby Alton, CEO of Talking and Shopping, prepares to meet Congress, two of her aides grappled with the fact that one of them knows a great deal about the other.  

A slow dance of information on episode 25 of the series What Big Tech Doesn’t Know About Washington. 

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of Talking & Shopping
  • Josh LaForce – Sullivan Bowman of HWMS 
  • Michelle Thomas-Hanson – Stage Manager
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov, Aide to Abby Alton 
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Nothing I Can See

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Do you want to jump into the fray?

Life is good. 

There’s no reason to go help a bloated egotistical, self-destructive big-tech get out of trouble in Washington.

None at all, right?

You’re sure of that?

Introduction to the last act of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  

Cast:

  • Margaux Amie – Evelyn
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Act I

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They seem like such nice people.  

It’s just too bad that things didn’t quite go as planned.  

We have a young attorney advisor.

And a director of public relations .

And an mess they didn’t anticipate.  

The How We Manage Stuff audio drama tackles the issue of technology in government.  The leaders of an internet giant, Talking & Shopping, arrive in Washington in an effort to improve their public image and then immediately start taking steps to destroy it.  

They have no idea what they are doing.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine from the EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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Consumer Electronics Show Preview

hwms.coverart  It’s a holiday for gratitude in the United States but a holiday for data in the rest of the world. Ok. They now call it the “Consumer Technology Show” but it’s the same old event. New technology. Lots of talks. Entrepreneurs desperately trying to move their ideas from intellectual conception to money making product. So what are the bit themes this year? Similar to last year. Machine Learning. Data. Environmentally friendly. (Which may mean the start of the long goodbye to Bitcoin). Autonomous control. Security. Privacy. Security. Privacy. And for one last time, Security and Privacy. Our podcast team is preparing our new technology for the 2019 show. Our prior entries have generated more heat than light, but that true of most exhibits at the show. hwms.coverart Before we release it to the public, you might want to review one of our earlier products “Rohit’s Autonomous Drone Late Delivery System.” It actually got some interest from investors, though they were investors who did not quite Rohit’s accomplishment in draining Lake Mead and filling it with high quality coffee. Cast:
  • Sulley from Policy – Josh LaForce
  • Karen from the Parents’ Committee – Debbon Ayer
  • Becky from the Parents’ Committee – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Jim from the Parents’ Committee – Ron Bianchi
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HWMS: Machine Intelligence and the Future of Work

hwms.coverart   Machine Intelligence is going to take over the world, right? We know this? Driverless cars. Computer bosses. All the information that you could ever know captured in a few silicon chips? Can the new generation of workers look ever look forward to having a satisfying career again? The Podcast How We Manage Stuff is about to embark on a study of machine intelligence, as our very intelligent intern, Anna, explains. Cast:
  • Anna the Intern – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
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CES: Parents Preview the Consumer Electronics Show

hwms.coverart A pair of guests. A Blue Screen of Death. The Perils of Live Podcasting. The time is rapidly approaching for the Consumer Electronics Show and its engineering counterpart, the International Conference on Consumer Electronics. Anna, our intern, wanted to give a preview to the show and talk about how it will be emphasizing cybersecurity but events got in the way. CES: January 7-12, Las Vegas Nevada ICCE: January 12 -14,  Las Vegas Nevada . Cast:
  • Anna-the-Intern                                        Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Rohit-from-IT                                              Noah Masur
  • Jim from Chippewa Falls                       Josh LaForce
  • Becky from Chippewa Falls                 Zoe Anastassiou
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