Scientist, Author, Hacker, Maker, and Journalist.

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The Antikythera Mechanism. Bronze Gallery, National Archaeological Museum of Greece, Athens. (📷: Gary Todd)

Compared to other professions, software engineering is still in its infancy. But having almost reached a point where the code still running at the bottom of many large systems wasn’t written in living memory, there are now some early signs that this phase may finally be passing.

The day-to-day life…

“Privacy was never dead, it just went away for a while…”

The transcript of the keynote talk I gave at QCon London, held in March 2020, during which I talked about machine learning, edge computing, and privacy.

Talking on the keynote stage on the first day of QCon London 2020. (📷: Danilo Teodoro)

Machine learning is traditionally associated with heavy duty, power-hungry, processors. It’s something done on big servers. Even if the sensors, cameras, and microphones, taking…

Is legislation now the only solution?

An (somewhat expanded) transcript of a talk I gave at the FWD50 conference on digital government held in Ottawa, Canada, in November 2019. I talked there about privacy, security, and machine learning. Some additional material has been added for context, nothing has been removed from the talk as given.

Talking in the round on the stage at FWD50 on the 7th November 2019. (📷: FWD50 Conference Team)

Everything…

Alasdair Allan

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