Did you already have a look at our keynotes? I want to say something about it.
Let’s start with one of the hottest topics these days: self-driving cars. There is, depending on the country you live in, a lot of discussion right now if self-driving and electric cars will solve many of our transportation problems or not. Other discussions are: are they coming or not? Are they coming big-bang or rather slow (over the years, cars take over more and more responsibility). Ethical questions. Do these systems work in heavy rain or snow in the dark? How do you insure (or sew) a self-driving car? And, for us developers, how does it actually work? We, the GOTO program committee, also wonder about these questions and therefore we invited Jonathan Sprinkle to give a keynote on self-driving cars. He heads the cyber-physical systems lab at the University of Arizona and many, if not all of his students joined Google or Uber to work on self-driving cars.
Remember the good old days in ancient Rome where people already encrypted messages with the Ceasar encryption 🙂 Encrypted messages are more than 2000 years old and are everywhere in our daily life. In fact, if someone would be able to crack our current encryption standards, the world would stand still (or, in case of some secret services, in high dudgeon). The best book out there on the history of cryptography is The Code Book from Simon Singh. Simon is one of the most famous science authors today and he will come to GOTO Amsterdam to talk first about his 10.000 GBP prized “Cipher Challenge” and then about the history of cryptography and why encryption is more important today than ever before. He is also bringing along an original Enigma from WWII.
Keynotes should be interesting and inspiring for every conference attendee. What could be more interesting and inspiring than an astronaut who spent more than 200 days in space on the ISS? We invited Andre Kuipers to talk about his experience working in an outstanding multi-national endeavour realised by the United States of America, Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan. As he says in his abstract: “The ISS is the largest, most complex, international technological structure ever made by mankind”. Much of the insights engineers and nations gained from the construction and operation of the ISS will make it into our life not too far in the future, just like the moon landing did it for the US. If we want to have a glimpse into that future, we need to attend his keynote on “Technology & Innovation”.
That’s it. I hope all of you are looking forward as much as I do to these four outstanding talks!