Matt BarrieThe NewScientist article Become a wage slave to software said
IF YOU’VE ever joked about your boss being a robot, stop laughing, they soon could be. A web service has launched that allows software algorithms to automatically recruit, hire, and pay workers to do a wide variety of tasks.
“For the last 60 years, humans have controlled software now we’re getting to the stage where software can control humans,” says Matt Barrie of Australian website Freelancer.com.
The website normally provides a forum for companies wanting to outsource their work. Now it has been upgraded so that developers can write software to post job adverts on the site, take on respondents and pay them for the results without human input.
Matt Barrie, BE (Hons I), BSc (Hons I), GDipAppFin, MAppFin, MSEE
(Stanford), GAICD is Chief Executive Officer of
Matt is a technology entrepreneur with experience building and operating companies from concept to supplying global market leaders in network equipment, hardware, software, semiconductors, telecommunications and network security.
Previously, he was founder and CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., the leading developer of OEM high performance network security processors, and prior to this cofounder of Dilithium Networks Inc., the global leader in converged video solutions for mobile and broadband networks with over 60% market share in media gateways in the telecoms market. At Sensory, he took the company from its genesis to over 70 employees, operating in four locations worldwide and supplier to vendors of network and security equipment including McAfee, LG, Astaro, and others.
He is active with technology startups, including acting as an advisor to QuintessenceLabs, a quantum communications company in the defence sector, and until recently a non-executive director of Julius Finance, Inc., a New York based provider of advanced analytics for the credit derivatives market. He has raised approximately $40M USD in financing from venture capital, strategic investors, and through government grants.
For the last nine years Matt has been an external lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney in Information Security, and starting in 2010, Technology Venture Formation. He is the coauthor of over 20 US patent applications. In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry.
His patents/patent applications include: Apparatus and method for generating state transition rules for memory efficient programmable pattern matching finite state machine hardware, Efficient representation of state transition tables, Integrated Circuit Apparatus And Method for High Throughput Signature Based Network Applications, Statistical classification of high-speed network data through content inspection, and Compression algorithm for generating compressed databases.
Matt earned first class honors degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Sydney, in addition to a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.