Uploaded on Mar 18, 2011
http://tomscott.com - My talk from Ignite London 4 (http://ignitelondon.net): in which I rattle through the online privacy settings of fashionable web services, and leave a surprising message.
* Is the data really pulled in live from the web?
With the exception of the Wikipedia articles, which I summarised in advance, yes. Everything on screen really was live data.
* Did you know who was going to appear?
No — but the selection process was algorithmic, not random. It was always going to pick someone interesting. As an extra safety net, a few minutes before I went on stage someone else checked who the system had chosen: they forced a re-selection if it picked someone under 18, someone in the middle of anything stressful or traumatic, or someone who appeared likely to react badly to the phone call.
* What presentation software were you using?
* How did you do the day-of-the-week calculation?
See the annotation during the video credits. As for the speed, I was exceptionally lucky: the date was a very easy one to calculate.
* Did the person you called ever call back?
Nope. But then, I did drop that disposable phone in my glass of water at the end of the talk.