#77 Laurent Bossavit, Software Myths

Summary
Laurent Bossavit talks about the myths like the 10x developer that have grown in the software industry.

Details
Who he is, what he does. His book - "The Leprechauns of Software Engineering", why he wrote it. The 10x developer, literary archeology. The telephone game, examples in the software world, cost of when defects are discovered. Industry does not have interest exposing faults, why is the word "belief" used in software, is software an engineering discipline, opinions over measurements, how did we end up with manifestos. What should we measure when judging software quality, why measuring bugs are like eating from the garbage can. How to make things better. How to get Laurent's book. Laurent's book recommendations.

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Book recommendations
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research

Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Links
The Leprechauns of Software Engineering

Laurent's GitHub

#76 Eyewire, Amy Sterling & Chris Jordan

Summary
Amy Sterling and Chris Jordan of EyeWire talk about mapping the neurons and synapses of the brain.

Details
Who they are, what is EyeWire, how it started. About the brain, 80 billion neurons in a human brain, 100 trillion synapses. It used to take 1000 hours to map a neuron now it takes 80 hours. 250,000 users from around the world. Combined effort of players and AI. EyeWire is focusing on 1 cubic mm of a brain which has a 100,000 neurons and billion synapses. Where EyeWire's data goes after mapping. Why are they building EyeWire, to learn why we are the way we are, we don't know how many types of cell are in the brain. The EyeWire tech stack. Building a community, media engagement, internships, competitions. Moving towards open source for parts of EyeWire. How they make money, or not! Future work, IARPA. Joining EyeWire or other citizen science projects, World VR forum, Games for Change.

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Links
EyeWire.org