Cautionary Tales

My podcast, telling true stories about mistakes and what we should learn from them.

Cautionary Tales – Do NOT pass GO!

https://playlist.megaphone.fm/?p=CAD6536215675 (Self promotion: the paperback of How To Make the World Add Up is now out worldwide (except North America). Please consider an early order, which is disproportionately helpful in winning interest and support for...

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Cautionary Tales – Wrong Tools Cost Lives

Microsoft Excel is great for business accounts... but maybe don't use it to track a deadly disease. The British Government promised to create a "world-beating" system to track deadly Covid 19 infections - but it included an outdated version of the off-the-shelf...

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Cautionary Tales – Fritterin’ Away Genius

Claude Shannon was brilliant. He was the Einstein of computer science... only he loved "fritterin' away" his time building machines to play chess, solve Rubik's cubes and beat the house at roulette. If Shannon had worked more diligently - instead of juggling, riding a...

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