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The World's Worst Inventions

Time:16:45 - 17:30
Day:Wednesday 20 January 2010
Location:Main Auditorium (MFC)

Technology advances through the creation of new inventions. Devices, protocols, machines, and ideas all increase the breadth of human knowledge, and make life easier for us all... At least in theory.

In reality, the advance of progress is littered with bad ideas. A profound lack of foresight, thinking, or just plain common sense has left us with countless artefacts of mis-design. What's worse, we often build upon such twisted horrors in the creation of new technology.

Leeches that predict the weather, fire alarms that trap their users, mail transport protocols, POSIX privileges, stop buttons that look like start buttons, and pigeon guided missiles are but a few of the technical abominations that we will examine, many of which survive to this day.

Join internationally acclaimed speaker Paul Fenwick as we examine some of the worst design decisions ever made.

Paul Fenwick

Paul Fenwick is the managing director of Perl Training Australia, and has been teaching computer science for over a decade. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter at conferences and user-groups worldwide, where he is well-known for his humour and off-beat topics.

In his spare time, Paul’s interests include security, mycology, cycling, coffee, scuba diving, and lexically scoped user pragmata.