Marcel Pelgrom consults on analog IC design.

Opinion

Why are software talks so boring?

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As a seasoned hardware guy, Marcel Pelgrom often finds himself bored out of his skull at software lectures. The software community would do well to take some ancient wisdom to heart.

From a professional point of view, autumn is my favorite period of the year. Many institutions, universities and this magazine organize interesting events where current technical topics are discussed and presented. For a technical omnivore like me, there are so many developments that are inspiring and challenging. Time and again, I admire speakers who manage to convey the essence of their work to a layman like me in just 30 minutes.

However, despite all my good intentions, I can’t help but feel a strong sense of boredom coming up during a talk. This happens invariably during the software sessions. Why are those talks so dull?

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