Went to my first Reading Geek Night tonight, coincidentally their first at the new venue.
- 8:05pm Ethical Engineering (Chris Hoult)
- 8:50pm Internet of Browsers (Ben Foxall)
- 9:20pm Oculus Rift DK2 (Simon Morris)
although, unfortunately, the Oculus Rift session was postponed a month. Mildly annoying as that was what I was most interested in seeing.
Chris mentioned at the start that his ‘Ethical Engineering’ presentation was a cut down version for the night and that showed. I wish he had given us the benefit of the doubt and removed the ethics primer to leave more time for discussion of real-world examples. As it was, we were mostly left with talking about how social media data was aggregated by DataSift (“Provide Insights. Protect Identity.”) so that individuals couldn’t be identified (e.g. by homophobic governments).
(Reminded me of how Microsoft handled internal polls where survey results were never broken down below a certain population size to try and protect anonymity. Doesn’t always work – it was usually obvious which happy soul in the team chose the negative options for everything to try and make a point (no, not me).)
Overall, a good replacement environment for the event – spacious with comfy seats – and a couple of decent speakers. Roll on next month.
Audience photo from @’s Twitter feed: