David Farber on the state of technology during a lecture at Stanford

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Who is David Farber and what makes him an authority on the state of technology? David Farber runs the Interesting People email list on all things technology related and is a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. This lecture at Stanford deals with technology problems in a layman-friendly way.

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Key outtakes:

Growth of the internet, has provided a great opportunity over the past 20 years. It was a very successful experiment in nature. It was never meant to be a production operation. It wasn’t supposed to survive a nuclear war. It revolved a set of friends. Issues such as resilience and security weren’t worried about as they were friends.

Questions about scale and security. The hardware is now available to make security restructures that weren’t possible when these technologies were invented.

Basic research in computer science lacks rigor. So the state of technology is being damaged by bad science. Farber’s Interesting People mailing list here. Technology related content here.