Inside the Mind of a CTO

Feat. Kieran O’Neill, Childmindr

What impresses you about a CV?

Honesty and a candidate knowing exactly what is on their CV

What motivates you to succeed?

I am passionate about software engineering and this, in turn, provides me motivation; if you’re passionate you can move a mountain

What was your dream job growing up?

Nuclear Physicist

What tech are you most excited about for 2017 and why?

IoT. I recently purchased an Amazon Echo and it has opened up a world of possibilities. IoT has been gaining great momentum recently with such things as the announcement of Android Things and Ubuntu Mate; the IoT world is powder keg ready to go off!

What is your prediction for the world of tech in 2050?

I am hopeful we would have commercially built quantum computers and will have achieved the technological singularity; a new era of human evolution!

Ultimately do you think tech will save the world or end it?

Both. Our technology will have caused irreversible damage to the Earth (à la, global warming e.t.c.), but our technology may allow us to reach interstellar travel, live beyond our years and perhaps colonise planets… I am a bit of a dreamer 🙂

If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?

To be in the room, at UCLA, when the first message was sent over ARPANET; the birth of the internet.

If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

The future, I am least concerned with the past… And because future time travel can theoretically be achieved by getting close to a black hole.

What single message would you send to an advanced alien species?

“What is the meaning of life”. Although, I am certain Douglas Adams hit the nail on the head with the answer being “42” 🙂

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