Philosophy @ GOTO Amsterdam 2016

September 23, 2016

The Philosophy track at GOTO Amsterdam 2016 asked the big, important questions: How does software impact your life? How does your life impact software?

Watch the videos in the Philosophy track at GOTO Amsterdam 2016 below to learn more about the answers to these philosophical questions.


Psychology, Philosophy and Programming

with Ted Neward, Director of Developer Relations at Smartsheet

Philosophy: ancient Greek for “love of wisdom”, philosophy is the study of the general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language.
Psychology: the study of mind and behavior.
Programming: ancient Latin for “please God let it compile this time”.

Three distinctly different subjects, yet each deals with fundamentally the same thing: the mind, how we (or others with whom we interact) think, act, behave, and engage. Most of the time, programmers (and philosophers and psychologists) don’t really think of these three things as being similar or alike, but given that all three work closely with the mind, mental models, and the ways in which we perceive and process information, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s a surprising amount of overlap.

But it does come as a surprise to most developers. And in this presentation, we’re going to uncover some of those surprises, learn a little about psychology, play amateur philosopher, contemplate the nature of mind and logic and the universe…

…and become better developers as a result.

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The Impostor Syndrome

with Gitte Klitgaard, Agile Addict and Believer in Altruistic Reciprocity

Did you ever feel like a fraud at work?

Have the feeling that at some point, someone is going to find out that you really don’t belong where you are? That you are not as smart as other people think?

You are not alone with this; many high-achieving people suffer from the imposter syndrome. But what is it? And why do we suffer from it?

Even when we know we suffer from it, and we have proof of that, we are still impaired by having it. It stops us from following our dreams.

In this talk I will try to explore it and suggest ways to fight it.

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Farley’s Laws

with Dave Farley, Co-Author of Continuous Delivery

We are not as smart as we think we are. Even us software developers!

What we think of as reality isn’t. When we think we are being rational, we are not. When we listen to experts and trust in their wisdom, we are fooling ourselves. Meanwhile, software development is one of the more complex tasks that we mere mortals undertake. So what does it really take to overcome the limitations of our biology? How do we overcome our desire to jump to conclusions and guess at solutions?

This mildly humorous, entertaining talk explores some of the fallibilities inherent in our biology and addresses what it takes to solve genuinely complex problems in the face of our propensity to make wild guesses? To put it another way, what do you need to understand to completely grasp how agile, lean development, DevOps and Continuous Delivery really work?

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Philosophical Reflections on Technology

with Haroon Sheikh, Philosopher without Borders

As technology is becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives, it is impacting the way we relate to the world and ourselves. What does it mean for our identities when our houses, cars, cities and bodies are becoming “smart”? From the Singularity to Cyborgs and the Matrix, technology is inspiring diverse future scenarios.

In this lecture, we will look at the impact of technology on our daily lives from a philosophical perspective.

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