The World's Worst Inventions

Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)
Keynote
Location: Portland Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 25 ratings)

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, poorly thought-out medicines, toys which irradiate, mangle, or intoxicate their users, and a bizarre array of poorly conceived ideas are just a few of the inventions that litter the otherwise noble pursuit of applied science.

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

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Paul Fenwick

Perl Training Australia

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.

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  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • (mt) Media Temple, Inc.
  • ActiveState
  • CommonPlaces
  • DB Relay
  • FireHost
  • GoDaddy
  • HP
  • HTSQL by Prometheus Research
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  • Kaltura
  • Marvell
  • Mashery
  • NorthScale, Inc.
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  • Parallels
  • PayPal
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  • Silicon Mechanics
  • SourceGear
  • Symbian
  • VoltDB
  • WSO2
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