Jo Stichbury

Jo Stichbury is a freelance technical writer with over 20 years’ experience in the software industry, including 8 years of low-level mobile development. Jo typically writes about machine intelligence, high performance computing, electric and driverless vehicles, and the sustainable energy. She holds an MA and a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Jo Stichbury

Virtual reality: Where did it all go wrong?

I worked in the smartphone industry before it came of age. Our mission was “a smartphone in every pocket” at a time when simple feature phones like the Motorola RAZR were the must-have communications device. Within a few years of our early projects, the competitor, Apple, launched the iPhone. The rest is history. The App Store opened its doors, the stars aligned, the technology dream was realised and smartphones went on to rule the world.

The largest developer community: a critical view

When developers evaluate new technologies, one of the elements they often look at is the size and strength of the community surrounding that technology. “Can I get help and support from peers when needed?” It’s one of the reasons why open source technologies tend to be so popular. Conversely, technology vendors regularly signal their virtue with community numbers: “Our product is used by millions of developers, choose us!”