Where did all the decent tech discussions go ?
Since I launched phenomlab.com, I’ve watched the platform I created morph into something special – in fact, it’s growth has been exponential, and as such, it’s original remit has changed on almost a daily basis with additional requests, suggestions, and other cool ideas (actually, some so cool that they have been included already).
As a result of this upsurge in both interest and global traffic, I decided it was time to take the platform to the next logical step with forthcoming initiatives, plus a myriad of new possibilities. When this first started, it was in fact an “experiment” as such. Those who joined in the early stages will recall a dull white website with drab looking colours and a not so great looking forum section. Originally, the goal was to help others on their journey into Infosec and Information Technology. Whilst Phenomlab never really abandoned that ethic (it’s still very much active), the uptake was surprisingly low for what should have been an opportunity I would have ripped an industry veteran’s arm off for when I was starting out. Such a platform never existed – mind you, neither did two thirds of the internet.
What I learned during this process and the creation of a “rolling stone” platform that has turned into what it is today is this; there are so many people scattered all over the world that are interested in creating a movement – a movement in the sense that they want to share their thoughts and ideas with other both like minded professionals, and complete noobs at the same time. Phenomlab doesn’t have a distinction, nor does it have any knowledge boundaries. Geographical location has no bearing either. Phenomlab has attracted the interest of users from multiple countries and continents, and thanks to its high speed transit networks (mostly CDN nodes), it’s available to everyone 24 X 7. You can be sure that there is someone using Phenomlab at some point during the day, and I even know of one member who is using it exclusively as a way of reaching other like minded professionals, bouncing ideas and leveraging their thoughts and experiences – all without even having to leave the comfort of their home office or local internet cafe.
This is the 21st century, and there should be no barrier in how we communicate and share knowledge and technical wisdom. To this end, Phenomlab isn’t a product in the sense that you just login and logout every so often. It’s much more than that. It allows people who don’t even know each other personally, yet share a common passion and a desire to progress a way of reaching similar goals and ambitions together.
There’s so many areas of technology we’ve yet to explore and exploit. So many questions remain unanswered around artificial intelligence, machine learning, leveraging and preventing exploits, social engineering….. Thousands of hours are spent on personal research and development with nobody to peer review with…. The list is endless.
Let’s change that.
What is Phenomlab and why was it created
Those of you who haven’t even heard of Phenomlab, I assure you, you’re missing out on something truly unique. Phenomlab originally started out as a mentoring platform (it actually still does this today), and after a short period of time, changed track slightly to accommodate the burgeoning number of technical questions around the various facets of Information Technology, AI, #Machine Learning and hundreds of other topics. Technology is an evolution wheel that everyone, regardless of you admitting it or not, uses on a daily basis. The problem is, not everyone fully understands this technology and therefore may be hesitant to embrace it. Furthermore, they may feel daunted when joining a discussion forum around technology and in fact great of being intimated. Phenomlab makes no distinction between skill sets and is for everyone. Whether you’re an über geek or just starting out in your journey and could use some help and guidance, then this platform is for you. The mantra of Phenomlab is not to differentiate between ability. This a community where everything is on the table, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, and everyone is made to feel welcome.
What does Phenomlab have that other platforms don’t ?
That’s an interesting question. Firstly, we are here to help and encourage everyone to embrace technology, discuss it’s multiple facets, and learn from each other – all without splitting the atom. By this, I mean that everyone on the platform is treated as an equal, regardless of knowledge and / or experience.
Imagine that (a phrase I “stole” from a Phenomlab member :)) …somewhere you can meet like minded individuals, trade war stories, discuss ideas, and most importantly, form alliances. Nobody in the platform is there to sell you anything. Even the founder makes zero profit or revenue. That’s not the idea.
The idea is to establish a community. You decide the content, what’s being discussed, and the only real limit is your imagination. Here at Phenomlab, we never mark a discussion as closed. It’s there for the remainder of time meaning someone else can find it years later and resume it. There’s also a Q and A section where you can find help and request assistance. The scope of this new platform is limitless. Want to talk about #iot, #networks, #security, #malware, #ransomware or even that #rasberryPI you’ve just bought ?
You can do that and a whole lot more at Phenomlab. What are you waiting for ? Get your account and a slice of the knowledge pie !