Series 16300 – A Change of Venue

In in the summer of 2016, we moved the podcast from Silicon Valley to Washington DC. We established the pattern for HWMS offices: dumpy buildings in classy neighborhoods. Our Washington office is near the Capitol, so near that we are neighbors to the Capitol Heating and Power Plant, a coal fired utility (and you can guess why) in the middle of the city. And in this series, we introduce the character that has come to dominate the podcast: Maddie the 8 year old entrepreneur. Episode 16305: Because it makes you feel smarter hwms.coverart Rohit explains why and how you should listen to “How We Manage Stuff.” “It you feel smarter,” he says, “And it also makes you feel at home.” This is a quick summery before we start the next series. The hosts are out of the office. Anna the Intern is at PANIC, the Professional Assistants, Networkers, and Interns Conference. Next week, a new series that looks at how government policy shapes software develops [16305] Episode 16310: Bicoastal Innovation hwms.coverart The podcast moves to our Washington offices in order to explore technology policy and how the Federal government can possibly be considered agile & innovative. Evelyn packs the office. Rohit adjusts the systems, Anna but Maddie is told that she has to stay home and go to school. All of this while we start to explore the basic principles of how a democratic government deals with technology and how it might be an agent of innovation while not being particularly innovative itself. [16310] Episode 16311: Essay Friday hwms.coverart This episode is a little different from our regular episodes with our regular cast. It is a short essay on Vannevar Bush, an essay about the origins of the fundamental ideas that guide how the U. S. Government deals with scientific research and scientific institutions. It is designed to give you a little deeper understanding of the relationship between science & government and to give you that understanding in just 10 minutes. Background: vannevar bushIn this episode, we start exploring the ideas of Vannevar Bush, who articulated the basic principles that the U. S. Government follows when it deals with the scientific community. They are not perfect. They may not always work. But they have been fairly successful for the past 70 years. [16311] Episode 16320: First Principle of Science Policy & Google Server #1 hwms.coverart We’re in Washington, so we’re talking science policy. The first principle of science policy concerns money, though it has ramifications that are not as obvious as they might first seem. To explore the ramifications of science policy, we talk with Peggy Kidwell of the National Museum off American History and send Anna and Rohit in search of Google Server #1. [16320] Episode 16330: Second Principle of Science Policy – Leadership hwms.coverart If you have a first principle then you have a second. This one concerns the leadership of Science Policy. We don’t require the leaders to be scientists. That would constrict our options and muddy a key idea. But we ask them to know what they are doing, something that our staff learns when the interview a candidate to be our policy director. [16330] Episode 16335: What Happens When the Bosses are Gone? hwms.coverart We know the answer to this question. You know the answer to it. You wouldn’t be looking at this page if you didn’t. The only questions are “How will the staff get themselves out of this mess?” and “How embarrassing will it be for them?” Click to find the answer. [16335] Episode 16340: A Visit to Duke’s Place – the Third Principle hwms.coverart The Third principle of governments and science. It is the most familiar and the least understood. Vannevar Bush argued that governments should do research by contract, not by building independent labs. We will look at that idea and ask how well it works, in application and in breech. [16340] Episode 16347: Who are These People? And What Do They Do? hwms.coverart A good friend always says that solo acts don’t work, that a board is always smarter than a a CEO. In podcasts, the rule seems to be that the collective adds interests. Over the past year, we have created a staff to illustrate the main points of the podcast and identify some of the absurdities of our subject. This podcast is a brief introduction to that staff. [16347] Episode 16345: The Third Principal, with George Thiruvathukal hwms.coverart It’s one thing to have principles to guide the US Government in its dealing with science and technology. It’s another thing to follow them and something more to see them work. This week George K. Thiruvathukal talks about how the National Science Foundation implements the third of Vannevar Bush’s fundamental principle and suggests that, for the most part, it accomplishes what it attempts to do. Plus our IT manager Rohit gets arrested. [16345] Episode 16350: You Can Touch the Merchandise but You Can’t Run the Store hwms.coverart With this episode, we approach the 4th principle of science & technology policy, the 4th fundamental idea of Vannevar Bush. The principle is simple: in funding research the government has the right to alter the organization of the recipient and yet, government-sponsored research is one of the driving forces behind the industrialization of the university. So what happens to this conundrum? This week on How We Manage Stuff. Plus Rohit is still arrested and is not doing himself any favors. [16350] Episode 16355: The Innovative Organization with Steve Crocker hwms.coverart Guest Steve Crocker from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers talks about errors, errors in software, and how we accept minor errors in almost every system we use. And our CTO, Vinny,has a great new idea for a business. Plus he finds every possible error in our own software, while Rohit, poor Rohit, spends another day doing penance for breeching the security of the Naval Ordnance Museum. [16355] Episode 16360: The Cybersecurity Episode hwms.coverart This episode is something of a legend for the podcast. Guests Bruce McMillin and Gerry Howser talk about their recent article on Computer magazine article that compares the problems of cybersecurity to those of defending a medieval castle. In case you are not familiar with European fortifications from the 12th to 15th century, our intern explains how they work using the only example that she knows, an example that isn’t as medieval as she would like. While our guests contributed a great deal to the show, it was Anna who commanded center stage. She so dominated the episode, that the our guests university recirculated the file only after they had excised her performance. [16360] Episode 16365: Maddie Comes to DC & the Last Principle of Science Policy hwms.coverart It’s the last idea in Vannevar Bush’s list of principles to guide science policy and it is enshrined in law but it is really an observation of a fundamental conflict, the conflict between the interests of scientists and the interests of the public. The balance between these two communities is dynamic, we make adjustments as the needs of society change but at the same time, the heads of science agencies are responsible to the citizenry and must behave that way. UnknownThe principle  is illustrated by the story of Allen V Astin, the Director of the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s and the father of a well known comedic actor of the 1960s. And our  cast slowly returns.  Rohit from IT is back from his term of public service and the 8 year old entrepreneur Maddie finds her way to Washington.   [16365] Episode 16370: Embisivle Friend: Privacy in a Connect Age hwms.coverart What is privacy in the digital age and how do we defend it for the consumer? Especially when we want to have Pokemon Go. Our guest this week is Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, who talks about the role of her agency is defending consumer privacy. And then there is Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur who has a new app called Embisivle Friends, which may push the boundaries of privacy because it is an app that is written by kids that collects data on kids. [16370] Episode 16375: An Interview with Steve Crocker hwms.coverart         UnknownIn a special interview, Steve Crocker, Chair of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) talks about his organization, its future, and the future of the Internet. [16375] Episode 16380: Anna Gets an Interview hwms.coverart How has technology changed the role of interning? What is it like to move from a succession of unpaid jobs to a full time position? Are you really ready to be a full member of the workforce after a couple months of clerical work? The answer lies less with technology but with the nature of the economy, which is, of course, shaped by technology. This week, our intern Anna considers the problem of trying to become a full time employee. [16380] Episode 16385: Leaving Washington hwms.coverart The time has come to move to our next site. Before we go, we do a quick summary of what we have learned about Science & Technology Policy while Maddie, our 8-year old entrepreneur shows us how she has actually applied it. [16385]