David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier is a writer, author and speaker on issues of technology, society, & organizations. He is the author of numerous, award-winning books on computing and society, including When Computers Were Human, the story of how we organized computation before we had machines to do for it.

He is Fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  He received this award for his contributions to crowdsourcing.  Since 2007,  written a regular colun on computing and society for Computer magazine.  He has served in a variety of leadership roles in the IEEE, including Manager of Computing Society magazines, Vice President of Publications for the Computer Society and President of the Computer Society of the IEEE.

He writes a monthly column for the Chinese Computing Federation (published in Mardarin).

He is a principal in the consulting firm Djaghe, LLC.

He has been employed by the George Washington University in a variety of professorial and administrative roles.  He is currently an associate professor in the Center for International Science & Technology Policy of the Elliott School of International Affairs. 

He is not the famous comedian David Alan Grier, though seems to be a distant cousin.

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Podcast How We Manage Stuff

Technology.  Organizations.  Globalization.  People.

It’s funny.   It’s cute.  It’s insightful.  It has an eight year old entrepreneur and an office manager from Bangalore.   A black CEO from Silicon Valley and an intern who believes she will conquer the world.  An Irish Consultant on Big Data and a Chinese project on Machine Learning.

How We Manage Stuff is a weekly scripted podcast dealing with the trials and tribulations of living in an age that is both technical and global.  It has a cast that is located in Hollywood, New York City, Berlin, India, Silicon Valley and one of the many ships at sea but they tell a story that touches you where you live and work.

  • The Improvised Engineering Career
    What does it mean to plan your career. You have a degree in some technical field. Plenty of experience and lots of well-meaning advice from friends, family, colleague and strangers who have nothing bu …
  • How Smart Is Your Phone?
    > It’s not a question of smarts. It’s a question of how it got that way. A lot of the smart apps are fairly straight forward – classic computing ideas repackaged in a clever case. You start taking …
  • Machines that Learn Our Jobs?
    > A metal lathe. A 40 year old clasp. A playlist of unfortunate songs. Most unfortunate. A suspicious relationship between Henry Ford and Thomas Alva Edison. All of these point to questions about w …
  • Searching for Intelligent Machines
    > Do smart machines help us understand smarts? More important, do we learn something about intelligence by working with artificial intelligence? The results are mixed. Current researchers regularly …
  • Smart Technology in the Intersection
    A series on smart technology technology and autonomous vehicles is running when a self-driving Uber car goes astray. It probably does not mark the end of the technology. However it causes us to rememb …

Books

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When Computers Where Human

Princeton University Press, 2005

The story of how we organized computation before we had electronic computers.

 

 

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Too Soon to Tell

John Wiley, 2009

Essays about the founding generation of computer industry and the world that they created.

 

 

 

 

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The Company We Keep

 IEEE Computer Society Press, 2012.

Essays about the current generation of workers in the technology industry

 

 

 

 

 

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What Every Technical Author Needs to Know

IEEE Computer Society Press 2012

 

A book about how to write and prepare manuscripts for scholarly journals with a special focus in the needs of the IEEE Computer Society.  (Jointly authored with Evan Butterfield.)

 

 

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Crowdsourcing for Dummies

John Wiley, 2013.

A book about crowdsourcing and how you can employ it in your business.

Blogs, Essays

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Errant Hashtag is a bi-monthly column that looks at the challenges of technology professionals that appears monthly in Computer magazine.

 

 

 

 

How We Manage Stuff is a weekly podcast on the subjects of technology and society, organization and business. Featuring a cast of ten, the podcast probes the difficult topics of technology, management, organization and globalization with stories and humor.    It is available through iTunes.

 

 

C. S. David is a monthly column published in the Communications of the Chinese Computing Federation.  It deals with professionalism, training, and international issues in computer and software engineering.  It is published in Mandarin.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 3.59.31 PMMarket-based Values is a quarterly column for Consumer Electronics Magazine that considers the nature of engineering for the consumer electronics market and explores the kind of technical and managerial qualities that are needed for consumer engineers.

 

 

Classes and Teaching

David Alan Grier teaches a variety of classes that generally deal with the social and persoanal impact of technology. Some are taught through the George Washington University. Some are available on line. All may be adapted to specific audiences.

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Policy for Information Technology 
This course considers how the information and computing industries deal with governments and how how governments work with these industries. It deals with American issues, European issues, Chinese and Indian Issues and international issues.

It prepares students for two kinds of jobs, jobs in private organizations that have to work governments and government jobs that interact with the technology industries. Graduates of this class work in the U. S. Government, the EU government in Brussels, and for private firms in China, as well as other private organizations.

The course is taught every fall. Anyone may follow the course lectures on line or listen to old lectures at the course website. (taught for George Washington Univ. and other audiences)

The History of the Internet and the Future of Work

Two fundamental issues of our time  examined using original documents in the formal of a Great Ideas Socratic Method Course.

 

 

2016.lenzen.lenzen conferenceCommunication for Technology Professionals

A course on how to develop and communicate technical ideas for software and technical professionals.  It places special emphasis on preparing papers for IEEE Transactions and Magazines.