The Internet of Things might have less Internet than we thought?

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

Alasdair Allan
28 min readMar 4, 2020

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 the data are themselves local, the compute that controls them is far away. The processes that make decisions are all in the cloud.

But this is now changing, and that change is happening remarkably quickly and for a whole bunch of different reasons.

The nature of what we do as developers means that we often obsess about now and next, rather than taking the time to put things into proper historical context, and I think that’s a mistake.

So every once in a while it’s worth it to take a step back, and look at history, then decide whether we want to repeat our…