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.