Episode 4 - What is Engineering?


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Nov 20 2015 69 mins   16
This week we're trying something new. We delve into the deep dark depths of the existential question of "what is an engineer anyway?". This has other related topics that we try desperately not to get too distracted by like "who are engineers?", but get sucked into talking about at length anyway. The episode was prompted by articles in The Atlantic and Wired that made the claim that until software engineers figure out a way to uphold the standards and ethical code of the other more traditional fields of engineering, they (we) don't deserve to be called engineers. If you want a well crafted, thoughtful treatise on the topic, you should read the articles. If you want a more rambling and somewhat comedic attempt to pull at threads that end up in more of a tangle than a knot...this is the podcast for you. There's also a brilliant design for a key-less entry system, and some insights into the dangers of eating too many bananas.