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How Do You Engineer?
52 minutes | Jan 7, 2018
Episode 81 - How Do You Unlock Vendor Lock-in
We're back, the podcast that offers you such an amazing engineering education that you just can't leave. If you've ever wanted to leave a software platform, hardware experience, or podcast but just don't feel like you want to risk it...we're here to help.
52 minutes | Dec 23, 2017
Episode 80 - The Ultimate Gifts
The holidays are a time for family, friends, food... and stuff. A lot of stuff. Prompted by a study that revealed that the average child receives over 70 presents a year, we set out to design one gift for each popular gift-giving demographic.
43 minutes | Nov 11, 2017
Episode 78 - How Do Engineering Careers Evolve?
This week we talk a little about the last couple years of podcasting, but more about how our careers changed over the years. Hopefully you'll get some insight into how engineering roles morph over time to lead you in new and exciting directions.
35 minutes | Oct 22, 2017
Episode 77 - What Tech Sport Would You Watch?
Many people have expressed disappointment in The Giant Robot Duel that took place earlier this week; the robots moved too slowly, there were too many safety precautions in place... basically it was kind of boring. In this week's podcast we take inspiration from the robot battle to answer the question, how do we make a tech sport that people actually want to watch? Pete wants robot obstacle courses, Abbey wants a sport to play with friends, and Simon wants to defend his title as the "best robot fighter in this hood." From drone racing to drifting power wheels, we breakdown what tech sports people actually care about.
57 minutes | Oct 1, 2017
Episode 76 - How Do We Make Hurricanes More Livable?
We're back! Well, Pete and Simon are back to talk about current events. If you are an engineer, you probably find yourself idly trying to imagine how you would use your engineering skills to help make life better in the wake of natural disasters. In this episode, we indulge this impulse and discuss how we could design living spaces to survive hurricanes and other natural disasters. We discuss arcologies, shipping containers, and for some reason, doughnuts.
35 minutes | Sep 9, 2017
Episode 75 - Should Alexa Speak English? Good Question!
This week we premiere a "new" episode format: Good Question! Simon read a thing on the internet that raised a question about whether AI should be required to speak human language. Our conversation spirals down a winding road, and doesn't really end in any life altering revelations, but it's an interesting journey.
43 minutes | Aug 26, 2017
Episode 74 - Who is Responsible?
In Canada we have a legal responsibility as engineers for the people that use our designs, but do we have an ethical responsibility as well? This week we ask a lot of questions, but arrive at very few answers. Prompted by an episode of Radiolab, we discuss the moral and ethical implications of R&D. If any platform can be misused, at what point do you shut it down? And whose job is it to make that decision? If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that engineers need to think more.
44 minutes | Aug 17, 2017
Episode 73 - What is Design?
This week everyone is in attendance again as we go back to basics and take a look at the fundamental concept of design. What does it mean to design? How do we learn to be designers? Does an engineering education prepare one to design well? Answers to almost none of these questions and much much more await you. Honestly this is really just scratching the surface, but we hope it will start some really interesting conversations in the future. Hope you enjoy!
36 minutes | Aug 7, 2017
Episode 72 - Is a Tesla Affordable?
From our summer vacation (except for Simon), we return to podcasting with an update on the Tesla Model 3, and ventures in general. Abbey and Pete chat about the potential for electric cars, trains, and other dreams of an 8 year old Elon Musk.
36 minutes | Jun 24, 2017
Episode 70 - Spreading the Word
Welcome back to the past. Now that we have secured a good standard of living with light, heat, shelter and books, we have to spread the word. That requires a way to communicate information over long distances. We didn't want to rely on the actual historical method of guys on horses, so instead we tried to make semaphore, telegraph, and even a tiny underground message service.
41 minutes | May 14, 2017
Episode 67 - How Do Women Engineer?
We've been talking about doing this episode for a while, but wanted to prepare our thoughts a little beforehand. Engineering has been understood for years to have a serious problem with diversity. We don't necessarily have the same ideas, and we almost certainly don't share all of your ideas, but we thought that it is important to discuss the issues and possible solutions to try to see where we come to.
34 minutes | Apr 30, 2017
Episode 66 - All The Right Type
Our trips to the year zero are back. This week we return to the past and create the worlds first 'zine. We start by trying to encode data for longevity. In an attempt to keep to a reasonable episode length we decided to limit the problem to reproducing text data for distribution. Soon we have a solution for spreading our propaganda across the ancient world. As usual we run around in circles and come up with a half-reasonable solution.
80 minutes | Apr 17, 2017
Episode 65 - How Do You Engineer Deep Learning?
This week we travelled to big, scary Manhattan to talk to long-time guest and friend of the show, Safwan. Safwan joined us from his fancy office to discuss deep learning, AI, and the steamballing effects of big data. But before we can get there, we have to find the best way to navigate through the building.
44 minutes | Apr 1, 2017
Episode 64 - How Do You Expose Yourself?
How much private information are you willing to give away in exchange for services or discounts? We start off this week discussing how insurance companies trade information on you and your habits in exchange for discounts, but soon branch off in all directions related to privacy and security.
1 minutes | Mar 11, 2017
We're changing things up for a couple months
37 minutes | Mar 5, 2017
Episode 62 - Who Will Walk My Robot Dog?
This week we talk about some of the smaller scale consequences of robotics, from how they will affect the design of our homes to our need for furry companionship. We discuss Simon's interest in large adirondack chairs, and weigh the pros and cons of meat vs. silicone friends. Pete is still recovering from a flu, so please excuse the coughing for the time being. Rest assured that the show hosts will be replaced with robots soon.
34 minutes | Feb 18, 2017
Episode 61 - Where's My Mr. Fusion?
This week we're transported both in space and time to find a way to bring modern transportation to ancient times. With mixed success, we consider human, steam, heat, and electrical power.
37 minutes | Feb 12, 2017
Episode 60 - Engineering Dream Jobs
This week we step back from reality and discuss our engineering dream jobs. From joining the technological illuminati to being in charge of the fun index, we leave practicality behind in favor of jobs that get us excited.
37 minutes | Feb 5, 2017
Episode 59 - How Do You Scrum With Agility?
This week, we use sports words to talk about things that have nothing to do with sports. After trying to find someone who knows about scrum and agile for a while, we finally decided that Pete was good enough. So settle in for a sprint and we will make sure that you are really doing scrum, or at least ScrumBut.
29 minutes | Jan 28, 2017
Episode 58 - Let's Not Die of Hunger!
This week we return to the past and try to ensure we can eat food all year round...and not die in the process.
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