16 episodes

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.

The Dollars and Sense of Westworld Dollars and Sense of Westworld

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    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

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

    15: Ethics and Impact of Operating a Host Slave Labor-Based Business or: Two Cents Short of a Dollar

    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.

    • 40 min
    14: The Three Laws Part Two, or: The Relativity of Wrong

    14: The Three Laws Part Two, or: The Relativity of Wrong

    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 Jew jokes.
    Links/Show Notes
    Superuser https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superuser Rolling a one http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rolling%20a%20one Darwin Awards http://www.darwinawards.com/ The Little Lost Robot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Lost_Robot
    4th Law https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/21425/are-the-4th-and-5th-extensions-to-the-3-laws-of-robotics-validated-by-asimov Fail Safe vs Fail Deadly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fail-safe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fail-deadly

    • 39 min
    13: Three Laws Part One, or: How Robots Must Protect Humankind (Except Joe)

    13: Three Laws Part One, or: How Robots Must Protect Humankind (Except Joe)

    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 continues to show he doesn’t actually cut anything out of these episodes.
    Links/Show Notes
    Dewey Decimal System https://mypages.iit.edu/~smart/halsey/lesson1.htm I, Robot - the movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot_(film) Asimov’s story about a non-humanoid robot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaround_(story) Arizona Iced Tea is always 99 cents https://thehustle.co/arizona-iced-tea Run, Hide, Fight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4IJA5Zpzz4 https://www.policeone.com/active-shooter/articles/190621006-Why-Run-Hide-Fight-is-flawed/ Mike Pence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pence

    • 35 min
    12: Corporate Security, or: the Vulnerabilities and Dangers of DiscothequeWorld

    12: Corporate Security, or: the Vulnerabilities and Dangers of DiscothequeWorld

    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 discussions contribute to a holistic view of running the park as a business while Chris reveals his safe word to the audience.
    Links/Show Notes
    Spinal Column http://c8.alamy.com/comp/ADW5KD/spine-surgery-c5-6-and-c6-7-disc-herniations-with-two-level-discectomy-ADW5KD.jpg The Great White Fire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire Safeword https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safeword

    • 40 min
    11: OSHA or: Hooray Deregulation!

    11: OSHA or: Hooray Deregulation!

    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 rampant throughout Westworld.
    Links/Show Notes
    OSHA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_Safety_and_Health_Administration MRSA https://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/ Chuck E Cheese and Satanism: totally b******t http://now8news.com/police-find-satanic-ritual-dungeon-in-chicago-chuck-e-cheese-basement/

    • 33 min
    10: Coding Standards and Practices or: Let’s Try Learning from our Mistakes for a Change

    10: Coding Standards and Practices or: Let’s Try Learning from our Mistakes for a Change

    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 certain approaches to quality engineering.
    Links/Show Notes
    Code Reviews https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_review Watch People Code http://www.watchpeoplecode.com/ Version Control Systems https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Version_control Linus Torvalds https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds How to Create a Test Plan https://blog.testlodge.com/what-is-a-test-plan-in-software-testing/ Expert Systems https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert_system Shameless Promotion http://qualitytesting.tech/

    • 28 min

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Goblinkat ,

Brilliant!

The premise for this podcast is fantastic, and deeply appreciated for its thoughtfulness and humor. We who work at the intersection of art, tech, business and science salute you.

Please, oh please make a second season for the second season of Westworld.

Thoroughly enjoyed every episode of this pod! Keep up the fantastic work!

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