Head in the cloudFrom where I’m sitting, Taylor seems way ahead of his time. He completed a PhD in machine learning years before everyone was talking about artificial intelligence, and he lectured on speech technology at Cambridge University as far back as 2000. A self-professed geek (he had a BBC Micro computer as a kid), it’s funny to hear him say that writing software was considered a specialist hobby back in the eighties. “I used to write video games and play in a band, and my parents said I might make money out of music, but that I would never make money out of playing with my computer,” he laughs.
Now, of course, it’s hard to imagine our world without software – it’s had a huge knock-on effect on every aspect of our lives, including the way we manage our money. Many banking customers will probably be grateful that Taylor stuck with the software.