David Alan Grier and Erin Dian Dumbacher

Forward Slash

Forward Slash is a monthly column that incorporates a multimedia format to profile the lives, trials, and accomplishments of the rising generation of computing professionals, describing the challenges they face and the character they draw upon to do their daily work.

David Alan Grier,  an associate professor of international science and technology policy at George Washington University, is a Fellow of IEEE and the author of the forthcoming book The Company We Keep. Contact him at grier@gwu.edu or on Twitter @dagrier.

Erin Dian Dumbacher is an associate director of research at the Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media. Contact her at erin.dumbacher@fulbrightmail.org or on Twitter @erin_dian.

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Love the Show!

We live in a world of mass production, mass distributoin and mass consumption.  In such a place, we sometimes lose track of the contributions of individuals - especially when a technological rock-star is sitting at the table next to us in the restaurant.  The rockstar can command applause from the diners as he exits the place while the rest of us sit in awed silence.  Such is the world that we now inhabit when we work with computing technology.  

 

From Computer's Novemeber 2012 issue.

It's Complicated

Here's the deal.  We've watched comptuer science (and computer engineering) change over the years and adopt new methods and ideas.  Math to logic to statisticsto quality assurance to any number of ideas.  At this point in history, it seems to be adopting the methods of social science.  Is this new?  is it a tread?  Will it simplify our work or will it do something else?  Such is the question before ius.

 

From Computer's October 2012 issue.

The Winner Takes It All

Well, we'vbe realized that we're in the world of crowdsourcing and that we now seek advice (and labor) from a giant community on the web.  In the midst of all the issues that this phenomena raises, and there are many, we have to ask if thise new approach really democratizes the world.  Do we live in a world of one person/one vote or are some votes worth more than others?  

From Computer's August 2012 issue.

Repurposers

As we have been looking at new startups, we have been surprised by the conditions we have found.  Once high technology was associated with the modernist ideas of Eliot Noyes.  (Think of the film 2001: A space Odyssey.)  What we have found are new technology firms in all sorts of recycles spaces: real garages, former sweat shops, old office buildings.  The landscape of technology is no longer new but we need to think of it as a land of repurposers?

From Computer's July 2012 issue.

DIY

We're taking the leap into video.  We'll see how well this works.  In some ways, it models what we have been seeing in our seperate travels around the the world of computation.  New entrpreneurs, new engineers, new programmers seem to desire, most strongly, to so things on their own.  We have created an environment that will allow them to do so but will this environment be the best forum for long term innovation?

From Computer's June2012 issue.

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