17 episodes

Beyond the Hype is a monthly podcast from the Scott Logic team where we cast a practical eye over what is new and exciting in software development – everything from Kafka to Kubernetes, AI to APIs, microservices to micro-frontends.

We look beyond the promises, the buzz and excitement to guide you towards the genuine value.

At Scott Logic, we have years of experience in tackling tough software problems for our clients, often at the bleeding edge of technology. Each month on this podcast, our CTO Colin Eberhardt brings together friends, colleagues and experts for a demystifying discussion that aims to take you beyond the hype.

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Beyond the Hype is a monthly podcast from the Scott Logic team where we cast a practical eye over what is new and exciting in software development – everything from Kafka to Kubernetes, AI to APIs, microservices to micro-frontends.

We look beyond the promises, the buzz and excitement to guide you towards the genuine value.

At Scott Logic, we have years of experience in tackling tough software problems for our clients, often at the bleeding edge of technology. Each month on this podcast, our CTO Colin Eberhardt brings together friends, colleagues and experts for a demystifying discussion that aims to take you beyond the hype.

    Can technology sustainability really make a difference?

    Can technology sustainability really make a difference?

    In this episode, Oliver Cronk is joined by experts including Jeremy Axe, Group CTO at DS Smith, and consultants Darren Smith and Katie Davis from Scott Logic. Together, they unpack topics like the energy usage and carbon emissions of IT infrastructure, the challenges in accurately measuring sustainability, and whether claims of ‘green tech’ are substantiated or just hype.
    The conversation covers the nuances around operational versus embodied carbon emissions, the sustainability trade-offs involved in cloud versus on-premises hosting, and the need for transparency and standards around eco-friendly tech claims.
    Links from the podcast Proposed Technology Carbon Standard – open sourced by Scott Logic under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence
    Scott Logic blog posts on Sustainability – including the Conscientious Computing series
    DS Smith's approach to sustainability
    Scott Logic’s approach to supporting technology sustainability

    • 30 min
    Was the threat the CRA seemed to pose to open source just hype?

    Was the threat the CRA seemed to pose to open source just hype?

    In this episode, Colin is joined by Rebecca Rumbul, CEO of Rust Foundation, and Mirko Boehm from Linux Foundation Europe. Between them, they have decades of experience in open source.
    They start by discussing the critical role open source has grown to play in the world of software and how this, along with its growing complexity, presents significant challenges. They then turn their attention to the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), a piece of EU legislation that is actively under development, designed to make end-user products more secure.
    Early drafts of this act detailed significant obligations on open source maintainers, despite the fact that they often work without financial reward. This caused concern, fear and some anger in the open source community. They discuss the latest update to the CRA, which has thankfully addressed these concerns, and ponder whether it will actually solve the problems it has set out to tackle.
    Links from the podcast:
    Panel Discussion: The Impact of the CRA on the Open Source Ecosystem – Cheukting, Mirko & Greg, Laura, Justin, Philip The EU's new Cyber Resilience Act is about to tell us how to code – Bert Hubert's writings Will the Cyber Resilience Act help the European ICT sector compete? Understanding the Cyber Resilience Act: What Everyone involved in Open Source Development Should Know EU CRA: What does it mean for open source? – Bert Hubert's writings  The EU's Proposed CRA Law May Have Unintended Consequences for the Python Ecosystem

    • 48 min
    DevSecOps, a portmanteau too far?

    DevSecOps, a portmanteau too far?

    In this episode, Oliver and Peter from Scott Logic are joined by Laura Bell Main, CEO and co-founder of SafeStack, for a lively discussion on DevSecOps. They touch on techniques such as “assume breach” and “shift left”, and the relationship to DevOps, which is trying to solve a similar problem. However, much of the discussion focused quite simply on security and the challenges this presents, especially when this so often falls to a very small team or an individual.
    Laura mentioned OneHourAppSec at the end of the recording. It’s a free appsec program that helps software teams worldwide bring security to their software development lifecycle in just one hour per sprint. You can join at any time, from anywhere. She’d love you to check it out.
    Links from the podcast:
    The Assume Breach Paradigm 
    Shift left vs shift right: A DevOps mystery solved
     

    • 40 min
    WebAssembly – from the browser to beyond

    WebAssembly – from the browser to beyond

    In this episode, Colin Eberhardt is joined by Bailey Hayes from Cosmonic and Sean Isom from Adobe – between them, they have a wealth of WebAssembly experience and insights.
    They start by discussing the early days of WebAssembly, and where it all began, in the browser. They debate the infamous tweet that compares WebAssembly to Docker, and look at the future promise of the Component Model, which aims to break down language barriers.
    Given the amount of activity happening in the WebAssembly/WASI/Component Model space, there are a few upcoming events you might be interested in:
    WasmCon, 6-7 Sept
    Componentize the World Hackathon, 8 Sept
    Enjoy this episode!
    Links from the podcast:
    WebAssembly nanoprocesses: making WebAssembly outside-the-browser secure by default
    AutoCAD featured in Google I/O Keynote
    WASI - WebAssembly System Interface
    How Prime Video updates its app for more than 8,000 device types
    Introducing the Disney+ Application Development Kit (ADK)
    Bytecode Alliance
    If WASM+WASI existed in 2008, we wouldn't have needed to created Docker
    WebAssembly Component Model
    Photoshop's journey to the web
    WebAssembly: An Updated Roadmap for Developers
     

    • 46 min
    Is generative AI coming for programming jobs?

    Is generative AI coming for programming jobs?

    In this episode, Colin Eberhardt is joined by colleagues Oliver Cronk, Chris Price and James Heward for a lively debate on whether the latest advances in generative AI are going to threaten our jobs – are we going to be made redundant by our own creation?
    The discussion starts with a quick summary of the latest advances in AI, and considers the nascent reasoning capabilities these models exhibit. The discussion then explores the various tasks and roles required to build software applications, and considers the impact this technology will have.
    Links from the podcast:
    AI is morphing from tool to platform (and the next technology epoch begins) – some personal reflections on the impact of this technology Catching up with OpenAI – a quick update on the most recent advances and research from OpenAI An OpenAI API primer – a three-part series that covers explores the API, explaining concepts such as few-shot learning Sam Altman: OpenAI CEO on GPT-4, ChatGPT, and the Future of AI – Lex Fridman and Sam Altman chat about the future of AI Sparks of Artificial General Intelligence: Early experiments with GPT-4 – Researchers find that GPT4 is more than just a text generation engine

    • 43 min
    Y2Q: The end of encryption as we know it?

    Y2Q: The end of encryption as we know it?

    In this episode – the second of a two-parter – Oliver Cronk and Colin Eberhardt talk to Denis Mandich, CTO of Qrypt, a company that creates quantum-secure encryption products.
    Their conversation covers the perils of bad random number generation, which undermines our security protocols, and the growing threat that Quantum Computers will ultimately render our current cryptographic techniques useless – an event dubbed ‘Y2Q’, in a nod to the Y2K issue we faced over twenty years ago.
    Links from the podcast:
    Qrypt – the company where Denis is CTO A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions Y2Q: quantum computing and the end of internet security

    • 26 min

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