Pony is an actor-model, capabilities-secure, native programming language. I will talk about reference capabilities (a type system for data-race freedom influenced by object capabilities and deny guarantee reasoning), the ORCA and MAC protocols for fully concurrent no-stop-the-world garbage collection of both objects and actors, and extending Pony to the distributed setting.
Sylvan Clebsch is the designer of the Pony programming language. He has worked in industry for 24 years, on fintech, milsims, video games, peer networking, VOIP, identity management, crypto, embedded OSes, and now programming languages. He works at Microsoft Research Cambridge.