What Iron Man Taught Me About Tech

“Contrary to popular belief, I know exactly what I’’m doing.”

—Tony Stark, Iron Man 2

It is no secret that, ever since I joined up with Iron.io, I’ve been mildly obsessed with Iron Man. AC/DC has re-entered my daily soundtrack, I watch Iron Man 2 on Netflix far more often than I should, and I’ve been known to subtly quote the movies in casual conversation. My fascination with the movies can be easily explained: they appeal to my brand of humour.

But there’s something else, too: the tech in the movies is something I dream about. When I imagine the future of technology, that’s what I imagine. This talk examines the tech they use and how we can get it in the future.

The talk is split into two parts: the overarching ideas begin the talk. These are the fortune cookies of the talk, the big ideas encompassed into a small phrase. These are followed by a UI examination, based off the concept art released by Jayse from The Avengers. I also talk about why I’m less-than-impressed with the recently-announced Leap system and Disney Research’s Touché system.

The things I cover in this talk are things I’ve picked up over my years in the tech industry. They do not necessarily apply to one, or any, of the companies I work for or have worked for. My opinions, as always, are my own.

You can find the slides on Google Presentations.