Permissionless systems support collaboration and drive innovations that benefit everyone. Progress is lumpy. Breakthroughs emerge unexpectedly, across many environments and contexts. By closing doors to stop others from taking part, we only limit our own horizons. We stand in a world today that is on the cusp of a great revolution. The current industrial revolution is the information revolution. But false starts, mistakes and centralisation of power have led us to a potentially dystopian world — somewhere between The Truman Show and The Matrix. However, these are only false starts, the failure to recognise what we are actually building - not a network of computers and hardware, but a network of information.
The solution to the problems of today is not to "fix" the path we are on but to get on the right path. Start by asking what the far future looks like. Then paint a clear picture of how we get there. It is not building from here to there; instead we build from there to here. This talk will concentrate on the goals and hopefully encourage the audience to consider that path.
David has in excess of 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies. He is the designer of one of the world’s largest private networks (Saudi Aramco, over $300m.) He is an experienced project manager, who has been involved in startup businesses since 1995 and has provided business consultancy to corporates and SMEs in many sectors. He has presented technology at Google, the British Computer Society (Christmas Lecture) and many others. He has spent many years as a lifeboat helmsman, and is a keen sailor when time permits. David is also a published author on papers in the fields of complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography-related technologies, and the author of 30 patent applications in the field of computer networking.