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  • December 13, 2013

Overheard at a Recent Conference...

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Well, not so much "overheard", since I'm one of the two people in this conversation. (You can guess for yourself which one.) Let's imagine they're called "Fred" and "Joe". 

Joe: Well, it sure seems like all developers everywhere are creating nothing other than mobile apps these days.

Fred: How did you come to that conclusion?

Joe: Well, look around you at this conference. Everyone is constantly on their mobile phone, using the apps on their mobile phone, constantly, all the time, even while they're attending sessions at this conference, even while the speaker is talking. They're hardly even looking up at all anymore, they're typing away madly, twittering, or swiping, or whatever, all the time, on their mobile phone.

Fred: I see your point. But how many of those apps are backoffice banking applications for risk management analysis? How many of them are military applications for managing and predicting conflict outcomes? How many of them are air traffic control systems? How many analyze oil flows and reservoirs? And how many of the attendees at this conference are scientists doing protein analysis?

Joe: ...

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Evan Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    Actually what Fred said will come to mobile apps very soon. Just image that there is a scientist who come to your Conference but find it not interesting, so he will do some works, like protein analysis, in his mobile phone. Of course, his phone will not do the actual work, but he use his phone to connect the super-computer at his home to do the work. It's the same for others.

  • Geertjan Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    Really? That's pretty scary. An air traffic control doing a bit of air traffic management from his phone during a conference? I'm pretty sure that you need a large resolution for that, much larger than a mobile phone. Aside from that, you need a very special environment, not a noisy conference, to do air traffic management in, don't you? I certainly hope you never become an air traffic controler or work in that domain in any way!

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