Speaker’s Spotlight – Mathew Lodge
We are delighted to e-Troduce Mathew Lodge, one of the speakers on the AI aspect of this year’s conference!
“Mathew, we would like to know you beyond the brief profile on the website, tell us about yourself and your aspirations.”
“I’ve been building and managing software and hardware for well over 25 years and have done everything from writing code that flies on the Space Station to connecting 6 countries to the Internet for the first time to building and launching VMware’s cloud infrastructure service. Most recently I ran product for Anaconda, a pioneer in Python/R data science and AI, and joined Diffblue earlier this year.
Outside of work I am a keen photographer and my work appear in books, magazines, newspapers, restaurants, homes, and offices.
I’m delighted to have joined Diffblue! There’s such a great opportunity to make developers more productive by having AI write code that can be automated, focusing developers on the things that only they can write.
I hope to be CEO of a hugely successful AI start-up! More seriously, it would be great to see more companies producing AI-based tooling for code, because that will make AI-written code the norm.
I started coding at the age of 10 and was hooked. I learned BASIC, Pascal and assembler early on, did a computer science degree and first learned of AI there. Fast forward to today, and the same AI I learned about at university can now be done a million times faster on a million times more data for a fraction of the cost. It’s a great time to be in this industry.
At the Q4Q conference, I‘m talking about how AI is eating software – in that AI is now taking on a role that previously would have been hand-crafted code. AI-written tests are something new in the testing world, so I wanted to talk to a real application of that at Goldman Sachs.
It’s great to see the latest and greatest approaches and what’s working, and to meet leading practitioners in the industry.
On influencers, I spend a lot of time reading. Twitter has been a really great resource for learning about things I normally would not see, and finding interesting people who are doing cool things. That leads to reading articles that link to other articles and so on down the chain. And I also get to meet a lot of the people in real life and learn new things from them.
My twitter handle is a good place to start, and there’s also our company blog and webinars.