Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

10,000 Years in Your Pocket: The Deep History of Your Mobile Device

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We live in amazing times with amazing technology all around us. And mobile technology, delivered in iPhones and Android devices, is possibly the most amazing of all. While we designers, developers, and testers strive to make fantastic mobile apps and products, we often spend our efforts fixing the things that are wrong with the mobile experience. Taking a page from recent work in the field of positive psychology, James Dempsey wants us to pause and focus on the positive. Join James to appreciate the deep history of science, technology, and even religion that has led us from communicating with fire and smoke to these wonderful little devices that enhance—and frustrate—us in our daily living. Using calendars, language localization, and aluminum as examples, James tells stories of how we have progressed—and struggled—over the millennia to the time and place in which we can produce these amazing devices, reminding us that our technology challenges are not new. You’ll see the device in your pocket in a new light and, ideally, in a way that offers a positive sense of satisfaction and happiness rather than frustration and consternation.

James Dempsey
Tapas Software

James Dempsey is a fifteen-year Apple veteran gone indie. At Apple, he was an evangelist, technical trainer, curriculum manager, and software engineer, working on Aperture, iOS, and OS X releases Leopard through Lion. James is currently on the technical staff at Upthere, working to build a cloud platform for humankind’s information. He is also the frontman of James Dempsey and the Breakpoints, a band that performs humorous original songs about technical topics. Their debut album Backtrace topped the iTunes comedy charts in the US, UK, and Canada, reaching #5 on the Billboard comedy album chart.