Everything is a Game

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My presentation in "ICT in our lives" in Faculty of Commerce, Alexandria University, Dec 2013

Trying to understand the IT industry trends in the lights of the game theory, with a focus on cloud computing and FOSS.

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Everything is a Game

  1. 1. Everything is a Game Ahmed Mekkawy ahmed@linuxawy.org
  2. 2. About the Presenter • • • • • Free Software Activist. Founder of Spirula Systems. Admin in EGLUG. Co-founder in OpenEgypt. Independent consultant in MCIT.
  3. 3. Disclaimer This presentation is discussing the analogy between specific cases in the game theory and IT evolution. This isn't a scientific research, though it depends on popular theories.
  4. 4. Everything is a Game? • Could games contain the wisdom we seek? (yeah it sounds crazy). • Let's assume a strategy, multiplayer, not zero-sum (the world actually grows).
  5. 5. Games • Start all alike. • Differentiate, innovate, take different paths, be unpredictable some times. • As the world gets more mature, best actions are the similar to your opponents, not the individually most beneficial move.
  6. 6. So I can't innovate? Of course you can. Just tell the others what is the good things you are doing so you can all help each other (you do want that to happen).
  7. 7. Computing • • • • Mainframe + terminals. PCs and similars. Open Internet. Mobility and Cloud.
  8. 8. Proprietary Vs. FOSS • • • • Software was free/libre. Open letter to hobbyists. Proprietary software. GNU, Linux, and FOSS.
  9. 9. Is this theory about Games? From Wikipedia: Game theory is a study of strategic decision making. More formally, it is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers". An alternative term suggested is interactive decision theory. Game theory is mainly used in economics, political science, and psychology, as well as logic and biology.
  10. 10. Conclusion Work Casually and Play Hard Ahmed Mekkawy ahmed.mekkawy@SpirulaSystems.com This presentation was made using 100% FOSS: LibreOffice / LXDE / Debian Jessie GNU/Linux

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