How Technology really advances — Reflections on the 50th anniversary of Moore’s law

The Intertrust Distinguished Lecture Series kicks off 2016 with a talk by Dr. David P. Maher.

When:  Noon-1pm, Friday, January 29th
Where: Intertrust Lunch room


This talk presents two points of view about the advancement of technology. The first I refer to as “Intel’s view,” which emphasizes the role of VLSI, Moore’s law and massive capital investment in huge high-tech foundries. The second, is my view, which emphasizes advances in algorithms, computational models and “necessity as the mother of invention.” During the course of this talk, I’ll trace the evolution of secure digital voice technology from its inception to today, to see how each point of view fares. Finally, I’ll show how a small company such as Intertrust can make a huge difference in the evolution of technology.


David Maher is the Executive VP and CTO of Intertrust. With over 30 years of experience in secure computing, he has shaped the company’s research and development. Before joining Intertrust in 1999, he was chief scientist for AT&T Secure Communications Systems, head of the Secure Systems Research Department, and security architect for AT&T's Internet services platform. After joining Bell Labs in 1981, Maher developed secure communications, information vending and e-commerce systems. He was chief architect for AT&T's STU-III secure voice, data and video products used by the White House and Department of Defense for top-secret communications. In 1992, Maher became a Bell Labs Fellow in recognition of his accomplishments in communications security. Maher holds multiple patents in secure computing; has published papers in the fields of mathematics and computer science; and has consulted with the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Maher holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Lehigh University. He has taught electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science at several institutions.