In 1969, researchers at Stanford and UCLA collaborated to transmit the first message over what would become the Internet. In just five decades, the repercussions of that moment have echoed through every atom of society. The world is evolving at a pace unprecedented in human history as we use technology to change how we think, learn, communicate, and even how we understand ourselves. Let’s take an inside look at how the fusion of media and technology is reinventing human interaction and the role that we, as engineers and technologists, must play in this important process.


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Tony Stark at 14:24 on 24 Oct 2017

Great talk.

John Fansler at 14:27 on 24 Oct 2017

Thank you! Great talk! Inspiring to strive for the best and make a real difference.

Random User at 14:32 on 24 Oct 2017

best so far.

Clint Priest at 14:33 on 24 Oct 2017

Humbling, brilliant, inspiring.

Ann Gaffigan at 14:41 on 24 Oct 2017

I learned so much and was very inspired. Thank you!

Ed Barnard at 14:45 on 24 Oct 2017

Samantha, please keep doing what you do. It's important to our profession. Your ability to reach the audience on an emotional level is amazing. By the by, your talk is improved as compared to TEK. More poignant yet with clear teaching and hard facts.

Amazing speaker!

Joe Cartonia at 14:53 on 24 Oct 2017

Very informative and powerful. That's the kind of speaking that makes people think.


Shelley Evans at 15:24 on 24 Oct 2017

Nostalgic walk down memory lane, and a great call for personal involvement in code quality and integrity


Excellent, educational, and inspiring. It did not teach me more about PHP but it made me want to be a better developer.

Samantha is a master story teller and is very interesting to learn from. The examples demonstrated her point and were highly applicable. She is easy to relate to and speaks clearly. She talks on the quick side but it shows her enthusiasm for the topic. Great keynote to kick off the afternoon.

Bradley Holt at 18:47 on 24 Oct 2017

Wonderful talk—very well presented with many important points.

Really cool insight into our brief moment in time within the computer science age! Lots of interesting history on mishaps in engineering.

Kevin Stich at 13:24 on 25 Oct 2017

A great emotional and intellectual track through the life of software engineering.

Justin Reock at 15:05 on 25 Oct 2017

On of the best talks I've seen in a long time.

I found this talk to be profoundly impactful and inspirational, with a focus on both the promises and the risks of increasing technology, within the historical context of the programming community and its values. I believe Samantha used the phrase "ethics of engineering," but I believe it would be more accurate to use a phrase like "digital justice," as she encouraged us to look beyond merely a personal ethic and attention to security in our individual programming, and to consider the role we can play as a community to address the serious privacy, financial, health, and other risks that insecure or unethical technologies pose to humanity, and to ensure that the positive and open values that inspired our community continue to improve the world.

matthew hill at 06:55 on 26 Oct 2017

i love how samantha reminds us of our humanity and social-responsibility, in a positive way that honors our past and future.

Good presentation and travel to the past

John at 16:24 on 26 Oct 2017

Maybe I was tired after lunch, but this talk was boring and didn't keep my interest.

Julian at 17:36 on 26 Oct 2017

I hate keynotes with a passion. Usually php conferences have keynotes that have nothing to do with programming php at all. More often than not the keynote speakers are not even technical people and the content is super generic (and even condescending from the perspective of a technical person). Samantha was the complete opposite! The talk was super interesting. When she went "the history way" I thought "oh crap, here we go again" but her approach was super relevant and the message genuinely positive. Great job!

Second time I've heard it, and was delighted still.

Elli at 10:44 on 27 Oct 2017

Very interesting and thought provoking. Great talk.

I like this talk and have seen it before.

Colin O'Dell at 19:10 on 27 Oct 2017

I've seen this talk once (maybe even twice?) before and love it every time Samantha gives it.

Chris Ostrom at 07:45 on 30 Oct 2017

Bravo! This talk was a great trip down memory lane, a necessary cautionary tale, and call to action for blameless accountability. Thanks!

Dan Chao at 16:20 on 1 Nov 2017

Very inspiring talk! Thank you!

Daniel at 09:39 on 2 Nov 2017

Interesting history lesson