The Fringe: Live on the Edge
This is where you have no limits. This is the part of TGP 2016 where you can truly be what you want to be and express yourself about anything. This is where the rebels and nonconformists gather and talk about anything and everything.
Fringe/Geekery is the track which hosts the content that doesn’t fit anywhere else. If your talk is the square peg and the other tracks are round, come to Fringe and find your place - we’ll talk about anything that you’re passionate about and want to tell us about. The zanier and more offbeat the better - we don’t have guidelines for Fringe, because there aren’t any - there is no content limitation and no restriction - come and tell us about your passion (except for the overall restrictions placed on politics and religion).
In particular, the geekery aspect of this track is unique: While modern civilisation may exist purely due to technology and the inventions of the gifted geeks among us, there are few platforms where geeks get to communicate and discuss their vision of what can be, and what must be.
This year, we hope to touch upon forward-looking sessions, participate in sessions that bridge the gap between where we are today and the fantastic future that geekdom is envisioning and creating: Renewable energy and the end of the oil economy, Elon Musk, Artificial Intelligence and interplanetary diaspora, and perhaps the end of electronic privacy as a concept.
Proposals with a flavor of futurism, rather than a rehashing of the present, are especially welcome for this track. Promote geekdom, adopt a babygeek today!
Let us Talk Evil
The aim of the talk will briefly look at different theories & studies related to evil and aim to draw on common themes towards action to stop ‘evil’.
To look into mechanisms of how evil gets perpetuated we may also start looking at our own acts – if we are abetting or abating evil
Common notions hold that it needs psychopaths, sadists who lack morality to give into acts that are evil. It is also safe to assume that most of us will not engage in acts of brutality. Yet studies trying to link psychopaths to violent crimes are not able to explain a vast majority of violent crimes. Various estimates say that only 10%-15% of violent criminals exceed the psychopathy cut-offs. Then the question remains - who does evil? Experience shows that perfectly ‘good’ or normal people can turn into committing brutal acts and abetting evil. Perhaps, we would be more justified to ask ‘what, not who, does it take for an act of evil?
I work with Thoughtworks as a Business Analyst. My resume fills with particulars of few years of various tech related roles. The usual engineer+MBA education. Bit of a sabbatical to generally travel about. Countless open browser tabs are my current reading backlog.