Neither Sorcerers nor Alchemists

Notes from my TEDx Audition: Rethinking the “magic” of software and how it works.

I believe too much “magic” has been engineered into our technology, and it’s begun impeding people’s ability to be productive or safe.

I believe that by inspiring and encouraging each other to imagine how systems work, rather than continue to imply that we can’t, those systems can become better and safer.

My goal today is to introduce this idea, one that I think can take us much further than engineering can.

We’re reached a point where fewer and fewer threats can be engineered away.

It’s only by understanding what is possible that we can begin to recognize what is not possible, too good to be true, or just “not right”.

We need to actively reject that software is magic. Instead, we need to ask ourselves the most famous of magical questions: “How did they *do* that?”

User Interface Engineer and geek; Presentation Lead at Elastic, previously at Facebook; married to a gorgeous Canadian; community theatre stages are a 3rd home.

User Interface Engineer and geek; Presentation Lead at Elastic, previously at Facebook; married to a gorgeous Canadian; community theatre stages are a 3rd home.