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Thursday, November 17 • 10:30am - 11:25am
[SLIDES]Ali Kheyrollahi @aliostad - From hard science to baseless opinions: where did we go wrong?

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From the mathematicians and scientists of the 20th centuries to today's ninja craftsmen/craftswomen, Software community hast lost something along the way. Instead of carefully observing scientific methods and maintaining objectivity, we have tangled ourselves in web of hype, and celebrity culture - as if adopting today's YOLO motto. We have completely forgot how to reason scientifically about matters of technical dispute, instead, whoever is more opinionated or shouts louder wins - as if software is an abstract art where you can only form an opinion. This talk is a critique of the status quo. With a survey of the history of software, we will try to find our roots highlighting the wrong footsteps we have taken as an industry. It also shines a ray of light with the recent rise in adoption of scientific methods as a result of pick up in Machine Learning and Data Science. A sobering talk yet not without sprinkles of fun and sense of humour...

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Ali Kheyrollahi

DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS PRACTITIONER, @aliostad
A distributed systems pragmatist and machine learning enthusiast, Ali is a solution architect building web scale solutions, trying to marry scalability with performance. He loves HTTP, API design and business-modelling DDD-style. An Open Source author and blogger, he tries to give back to the community what he has gratefully taken from it. | | He is a blogger and has co-authored a book. An ex-Medical doctor, he also has a passion for... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:30am - 11:25am
5. Theta

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