The Dollars and Sense of Westworld

The Dollars and Sense of Westworld

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We try to figure out if it would be possible to run Westworld as an actual business. This exercise will cover the entire show, so be aware spoilers will follow. It is not a criticism of the story itself, as we do understand there’s dramatic license at work here. Please don’t send us hate mail.
15: Ethics and Impact of Operating a Host Slave Labor-Based Business or: Two Cents Short of a Dollar
Jun 22, 2017 • 40 min
Description In which we discuss how robots still aren’t people, and they never will be. Meanwhile Pat drops a racially triggered topic and makes all of the cis straight white males uncomfortable.
14: The Three Laws Part Two, or: The Relativity of Wrong
Jun 20, 2017 • 39 min
Description In which we continue our discussion of the three laws by discussing how we would want them enacted in our potential business model, including which one of the three laws we think may no longer be necessary. Meanwhile, and Joe makes…
13: Three Laws Part One, or: How Robots Must Protect Humankind (Except Joe)
Jun 15, 2017 • 35 min
Description In which we explain what the Three Laws are, discuss the difficulties in implementing them in general and in Westworld in particular, all thanks to the help of a special guest. Meanwhile, Chris calls everyone dicks as our editor…
12: Corporate Security, or: the Vulnerabilities and Dangers of DiscothequeWorld
Jun 13, 2017 • 40 min
Description In which we discuss various aspects of site and operational security, and come to the conclusion that our lack of legal background leaves us with some unanswered questions. Meanwhile, we finally begin demonstrating how our previous…
11: OSHA or: Hooray Deregulation!
Jun 8, 2017 • 33 min
Description In which we discuss workplace safety, dismemberment, and antibiotic-resistant infections found in robot prostitutes. Meanwhile, Chris repeatedly advocates victim-blaming as we discuss prospective solutions to the safety issues that run…
10: Coding Standards and Practices or: Let’s Try Learning from our Mistakes for a Change
Jun 6, 2017 • 28 min
Description In which we discuss why it’s important to establish coding standards in a development organization, as well as the impact of code reviews and testing. Meanwhile, Joe manages to sneak in some shameless self promotion while espousing…
9: HR, or: Don’t Dip Your Pen in the Company Ink
Jun 1, 2017 • 35 min
Description In which we discuss whether or not Westworld has an HR department (spoiler: the consensus is no). We also discuss the purpose of human resources and some recent real-world HR failures. Meanwhile, Pat and Joe repeatedly try and…
8: Reporting Structure or: There’s No One to Blame if There’s No One in Charge
May 30, 2017 • 36 min
Description In which we talk about the headless tree that doesn’t make adequately defined roles, purposes, or liability. We also discuss rogue CEOs running wild and real world comparisons to what actually happened. Meanwhile, Chris learns that…
7: Data Retention, or: Don’t Get Burned Cooking the Books
May 25, 2017 • 47 min
Description In which we discuss the reasons why a company would both retain and discard data, as well as the policies and groups that inform such decisions. Meanwhile, we try (and succeed) to set a new record for both acronyms used in the podcast and…
6: Testing in Production, or: the Trials and Tribulations of Dongworld
May 23, 2017 • 33 min
Description In which we discuss whether or not testing in production is a viable business approach, while also further musing on A/B and usability testing. Meanwhile, Joe struggles to maintain his composure while providing a constructive real…
5: Insufficient Monitoring or: How to Go Full Skynet Without Anyone Noticing
May 18, 2017 • 29 min
Description In which we cover failures in both our world and Westworld that could have been prevented by monitoring. Meanwhile, we discover that Chris regularly takes life into his own hands while ending the episode within the first minute and a half….
4: Log Persistence and Immutability or: You Miss All the Logs You Don’t Take
May 16, 2017 • 24 min
Description In which we discuss the importance of logging, including persistence, immutability, and log levels. We also discuss why logs should always contain the truth. Meanwhile, Pat claims to know what course of action our editor will take…
3: Warnings and Errors or: People Pay Attention to Zombies
May 9, 2017 • 38 min
Description In which we once again meet Pinocchio, who tells us that warnings are unnecessary. We discuss why that’s not true, as well as logging, monitoring, and zombies. Meanwhile, Pat reveals what prompted the idea behind the podcast following…
2: Why Process is Important or: A/B Testing of Brothels
May 2, 2017 • 25 min
Description In which we discuss the process failures that Westworld had, what they do right, why it’s important to identify the root cause, and prostitution. We also dive into what happens when the process allows failures to continue happening, how…
1: Automation or: The Proper Way to Sand Your Horse
Apr 25, 2017 • 29 min
Description In which we discuss the value of automation, as well as when it does and doesn’t make sense. Meanwhile, we completely ignore the opportunity to discuss the ethics of host slave labor. Links/Show Notes Host Intake Protocol: …
0: Introduction
Apr 11, 2017 • 5 min
Description Welcome to the Dollars and Sense of Westworld podcast where we try to figure out if it would be possible to run Westworld as an actual business. In this episode we setup the goal of this podcast as well as giving a brief introduction of…