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Solving Intractable Problems

In my 30 year career as an engineer, I have encountered numerous challenges that on the surface seemed unsolvable. Some examples include building processing chips for spacecraft that can self-detect hardware faults due to radiation, isolate the area, and reconfigure to continue working all without human intervention; cramming the equivalent of a telephone switching room into a payload the size of a large suitcase and drawing only a few hundred watts; and placing your real-world physical location onto a distorted, rotated cartoon map. Through these examples and more, I hope to broaden people’s perspectives into not just thinking outside the box, but to create entirely new boxes to explore.

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This talk was delivered live in June 2017 at AltConf. The video was recorded, produced, and transcribed by Realm, and is published here with the permission of the conference organizers.

Ed Arenberg

Developing mobile and Internet solutions since 1994, my specialties are iOS and app-backend integration. My education was primarily EE, but I started coding when I was 12. I have presented on various iOS topics, and teach iOS development at General Assembly. As an avid runner I have completed over 30 marathons, and coach the marathon program for Team in Training.

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