|Kate Bellingham||President, Young Engineers, broadcaster and television presenter|
|Sir Robin Saxby||President of the IET, Founder and former Chairman and CEO of ARM Holdings Plc|
|John Varney||Chief Technology Officer, BBC|
|Professor Peter Cochrane||Co-founder of ConceptLabs CA and Independent Consultant|
In this eighth annual prestige multi-media seminar, our eminent speakers addressed the fundamental technologies and advances that have powered the information age – from the early beginnings, up to today, and the likely advances in future. They looked at the progress of hardware, software, human creativity and our future relationship with machines in an increasingly networked world.
A few relevant facts:
- All human communication is dwarfed by machine interaction.
- Networking skills now define the most important percentage of an individual’s capabilities.
- The internet is now on a par with the complexity of the human brain.
- Grid computing is nascent.
- Networked mobile phones and wristwatches may become more intelligent than PCs.
- We can all own a supercomputer and soon it will be wearable.
- The future will be much more than more of the same but faster, smaller and cheaper. We are entering the dawn of biotechnology/microtechnology convergence.
Photographs on this page by Will Dennehy Photography.