Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has been thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken.
He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of 500 sensor motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.
A few years before that he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.
He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine and a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar.
Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2
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