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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Co-founder, The Thing System, Inc.

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Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, who is currently thinking about trying to fix the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.

He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar.

A few years ago he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

Sessions

Moderated by:
James Turner (O'Reilly Media)
Panelists:
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.), Joe Bowser (Adobe Systems), Mike Wolfson (Epocrates)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Until iOS and Android came along, the opportunities for open source to flourish in the mobile space were limited, because platforms were totally proprietary. Now you can find countless FL/OSS projects that help mobile developers get their job done. So what's on the horizon, and what are the best open source tools today to deliver the next great app? Read more.
Open Hardware
E147/148
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 8 ratings)
Everyday things are becoming smarter. The problem? The things are becoming smarter, but they’re also becoming selfish and you’ve ended up as a mechanical turk inside your own software. How can we fix the Internet of Things? The things have to become not just smarter, but more co-operative, and the Internet of things needs to become anticipatory rather than reactive. Read more.