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Friction in the Machine: How Fluid Processes Allow Optimal Human-Computer Interaction

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It is well understood that humans and computers have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to solving problems. But what happens when they need to work together? Is computational power, human ingenuity or some mix of the two the key factor in arriving at the most efficient solution? This talk will explore a surprising example from the world of chess that helps to explain why Palantir chooses to build software in the way it does.

Tim Ronan was one of Palantir’s first engineers in their Washington DC office. Throughout Tim’s time at Palantir, he has led our work with US Federal Law Enforcement customers, started Palantir’s business in New Zealand, and been responsible for leading product vision on several transformative capabilities. Tim is now based in London where he ensures the success of Palantir’s work across the UK, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Tim received his Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame in Aerospace Engineering and his Masters degree from the University of Virginia.

Admission free to CUCaTS members, £2 otherwise. Membership may also be bought at the door. As usual refreshments will be served 15 minutes before the start of the talk.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Computing and Technology Society (CUCaTS) series.

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