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The Gem of all Mechanisms podcast is an interview series, where we talk to people in the know from many different disciplines: academics, computer scientists, policy makers, philosophers and more about the complexities of 21st century tech and how it affects us all.It is produced by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. BCS is on a mission to ensure everyone’s experience with technology is positive. We support the people who work in the industry and aim to make IT good for society. Our members shape policy, influence change and raise standards to realise the potential of technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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The Gem of all Mechanisms podcast is an interview series, where we talk to people in the know from many different disciplines: academics, computer scientists, policy makers, philosophers and more about the complexities of 21st century tech and how it affects us all.It is produced by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. BCS is on a mission to ensure everyone’s experience with technology is positive. We support the people who work in the industry and aim to make IT good for society. Our members shape policy, influence change and raise standards to realise the potential of technology. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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The Gem of all Mechanisms

Latest release on Jan 06, 2021

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Rank #1: Being cared for by your smart home

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How could your home look after you if you suffer from dementia or have had a stroke? How sophisticated should home sensors be to balance health requirements and privacy? The UK’s only black (Afro-Caribbean) female professor of computer science, Dorothy Monekosso, a BCS Honorary Fellow from Leeds Beckett University, discusses her work on smart homes, diversity in the tech sector and her lifelong passion for engineering.

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Jan 06 2021

23mins

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Rank #2: The 3 opens: software, hardware and data

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Amanda Brock is CEO of OpenUK - she talks to Brian Runciman about open source and whether business understands its value, whether the public need to know more, the three reasons Microsoft are so big in OS now, popstar Imogen Heap and her mini-moo glove and the importance of free speech in code.

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Dec 09 2020

33mins

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Rank #3: The Algorithm Made Me Do It

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Grady Booch - Turing Award medal winner, IBM Alumni and creator of UML - speaks to Brian Runciman about embodied cognition, inclusive language in IBM’s code base, the computing version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, GPT 3 passing the Trump test but not the Turing test and more. Along the way we are not libellous about Elon Musk, but name check MC Hammer!

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Oct 07 2020

32mins

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Rank #4: Geoff White

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We speak to investigative journalist Geoff White on how the web from reflecting a hippy utopian ideal of communal living to the dark web - and we touch on the role of the US government, the Grateful Dead and how a barium-style trace could help our personal data use.

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Aug 10 2020

32mins

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Rank #5: Suzanne Doyle-Morris

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Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris, CEO of Inclusiq and author of The Con Job, talks to Brian Runciman MBCS about competence versus confidence; imposter syndrome as a super power, the role of humility and what useful confidence looks like. 

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Aug 03 2020

33mins

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Rank #6: Cecilia Harvey

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Cecilia Harvey CEO of @hyvedynamics in conversation with BCS' Olivia Wolfheart. They talk leadership, responsibility and culture in technology. 

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Jul 07 2020

33mins

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Rank #7: Reema Patel

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What should the stewardship of our health data involve - including biometrics and genomic data? What is stretch collaboration and how can it help combat group-think? Thorny issues like the use of healthcare data, AI, the diversity agenda, face recognition - and influencing policy and practice in these areas - are discussed by Reema Patel from the Ada Lovelace Institute and BCS's Olivia Wolfheart MBCS.

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Jun 15 2020

33mins

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Rank #8: Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

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Olivia Wolfheart MBCS speaks to the inspirational entrepreneur. From coming to the UK in 1939 on the kinder transport, and championing women in IT through highly successful software businesses to becoming the UK’s first ever national ambassador of philanthropy and her campaigning for autism, Dame Stephanie also touches on Nietzsche, Fermat’s last theorem, being a founder member and Past President of BCS and more.

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Apr 15 2020

34mins

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Rank #9: Rupert McNeil

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Adding an 'A' to STEM, the pains and pleasures of moving large functions to the cloud, a single blockchain-enabled user ID, multiple neurotypes, Emmanuel Kant and whistle-blowing all come up as Brian Runciman speaks to the government's Chief People Officer

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Apr 01 2020

34mins

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Rank #10: Catherine Miller

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IT doesn't have a gender or ethics problem... it's about smart, thoughtful, caring people building tech. Brian Runciman discusses innovating responsibly, social media whack-a-mole, meeting the needs of the furthest first and the role of 'uninventors' with Catherine Miller, CEO of doteveryone

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Mar 23 2020

26mins

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