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Technology II

Insight into Technology


Nicky Verd - International Keynote Speaker, Tech MC, Podcast Host and Author of the hit book, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted

"In the past, businesses were built on the brick and mortar model, transactions were done in triplicate, using carbon paper, and success was based on educational background and certificates. Fast forward to today. The internet, connectivity and emerging technologies have completely changed the game. To compete and survive in this new era requires a disruptive approach."

Ken Njoroge - Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cellulant Corporation

“Mobile money was just the first step. The second was digital lending. Only when you get to the third tier, when you take these products and assemble them together to really solve a huge economic problem in the market do you make real progress."

Tony O. Elumelu - Nigerian economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist

“African youth need technological opportunities. They need hope. They need tech for good and they want tech for all."

Abishur Prakash - Geopolitical futurist at Center for Innovating the Future (CIF) in Canada

“The status quo for many years has been that if you didn't like globalisation, which was largely driven by the West, then you're isolated. But then came technology — like 5G, AI, and cloud. With this, governments have adopted a new line of thinking: Why are we using someone else's ecosystems, currency, software, and platforms? Technology is now allowing nations to almost walk away from globalisation. So, instead of the world being open and accessible as it has been for decades, it's now full of these technology-based walls and barriers, a vertical border."

Pat Howard - Offerings and solutions leader for Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice; former national health-care leader for Deloitte

“Conversational AI and digital identity will be a game changer in how citizens interact with governments. From building permits to financial assistance and health care, citizens will interact with AI-based virtual agents to get their queries answered. Over the next 10 years, as AI technology evolves, chatbots will become smarter, leaving government workers to solve complex tasks that require human interaction or creativity."

George Church - Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School

“A full brain-activity map and connectome by 2020 and by 2040 it will be routine to read and write data to billions of neurons. By 2040,1 billion people will have their whole genome sequenced and get constant updates of their immunomes and microbiomes."

Tracey Follows - Futurist and founder of Futuremade

" As far as traditional media is concerned, it is my belief that we will see the emergence of a new category or industry of ‘media forensics’ where experts will trace your privacy infringements through your data trails and seek compensation on your behalf. Media will need to insure themselves against such investigations and a whole new industry will grow and thrive."

Dr Nicola J Millard - Principal Innovation Partner, Digital - BT

“But by 2030 we'll also start to see AI taking a much more sophisticated shape as humans will start to trust machines to fly planes, diagnose illnesses and manage financial affairs unsupervised."

David Wood - Co-leader Transhumanism UK

"The technologies for life extension that IT offers are probably around the 2040, 2050, 2060 time frame, when we'll have the IT that will allow us to live pretty much forever, or at least until the IT stops working.

We will make direct links to the brain, and make replicas of your brain, or make an extension of your brain outside in the computer world.

Therefore your mind will carry on migrating into that computer area, and at some point in your distant future, 99% of your mind is living in the computer, so if your body dies you lose 1% of your mind."

Susan Etlinger - Industry analyst for Altimeter Group and expert in data, analytics and digital Strategy

“In 50 years, what we know as our internet will be largely obsolete. Rather than organizing information in the form of URLs, apps and websites, our digital interactions will be conversational, haptic and embedded in the world we live in (even, to some extent, in ourselves). As a result, the distinction between the physical and digital worlds will largely fall away."

John McNutt - Professor in the school of public policy and administration at the University of Delaware

“Not every technology is a good idea, and every advance should be carefully considered in terms of its consequence. On balance, technology has made much human progress possible. This is likely to continue. We will always have false starts and bad ideas. People will misuse technology, sometimes in horrific ways. In the end, human progress is based on creating a future underpinned by knowledge, not ignorance."

David Zubrow - Associate director of empirical research at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

“The trend of digital assistants that learn your preferences and habits from all the devices that you interact with will become integrated with each other and take on a persona. They may even act on your behalf with a degree of independence in the digital and physical worlds. As AI advances and becomes more independent and the internet becomes the world in which people live and work, laws for responsibility and accountability of the actions of AI will need to be made."

Bebo White - Managing editor of the Journal of Web Engineering and emeritus associate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

“The internet as we know it today will be ubiquitous and ‘disappear into the background’ as universal connectivity becomes the norm. So-called ‘apps’ will be integrated seamlessly within our homes, transportation and wearable devices. Advancements in security and privacy technologies should make this possible."

Clark Quinn - Executive director at Quinnovation

“In 50 years, we will have mastered the art of human augmentation. Our digital world will interact with our physical world seamlessly, so that our physical actions can have semantics, and vice-versa. Our senses will be amplified, the world will be annotated and there will be guidance and warnings on our actions."

Betsy Williams - Researcher at the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies at the University of Arizona

“Privacy will be largely a luxury of the rich, who will pay extra for internet service providers, services and perhaps separate networks that protect privacy and security."

Craig Partridge - Chief scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies

“I think we’re only just beginning to understand smart physical things. I’m thinking of better prosthetic limbs, load-bearing walls with embedded sensors and actuators that keep the building standing during an earthquake, and hiking-shoe soles that better grip uneven ground."


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