Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Building Large Software
It's a fitting swan song for me. I've built some software that I am proud of, because it was software that contributed to the public good - measuring mammography rescreening rates (why do women forgo a mammogram? because they suck to get), use, and disuse of bicycle helmets and how increased use would contribute to better health outcomes (my boss got me an economist and a biostatistician to help with that project, it was cool to work with hyper smart people), and software to help contractors safeguard classified information.
This software isn't going to do any good like that - this is about an arms race between pro sports teams. We're making a weapon of sorts. Some good will come because we know that if they use our software they can reduce injuries, but it's all about helping them wring the most performance out of an athlete getting paid an unGodly amount of money to kick a ball, throw a ball, trim a sail, shoot a hoop, or slap a puck.
At least a lot of people enjoy watching the games, so maybe it's good work after all. I'm all in.