Back in the day people thought the earth was flat, and if you thought otherwise you were a heretic and got burned/hanged/drowned/head chopped off/etc, and see, now we do know the world is round.. There is still a lot we don't know..
Sorry, that was Religion - not Science.
and who in the right mind would buy a car with wheel sensors?
Any of your peers who subscribe to the "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" mantra.
If he makes it work, the original "respected" designer will jump in and claim all the credit....No-win situation. Leave now.
Well, that all depends really. Is he receiving a paycheck in the process?
Any given program will expand to fill available memory.