I’m a big fan of technology but still use a physical dictionary, sometimes struggle to search the internet on my phone and don’t own a ‘home assistant’. So I was surprised recently at how I let machines and technology take over my life. I drove to the shop without touching my car key, then paid for my shopping despite having no wallet, card or cash.
Many people will be thinking ‘so what?’, but others will be truly amazed. Some folk are oblivious to the power of technology and innovation. They don’t believe flying and autonomous cars are coming, or that cash will cease to exist one day.
But you only have to go back 20 years to look how things are changed. In 1999, no-one spoke to their phones for information, or told an inanimate object to play their favourite song. Two decades ago, people were far too concerned about Y2K – ironically fearing the worst because of technology!
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are exciting and the advances in technology should be fully embraced. As such, make sure you head to the ‘Enabling Innovation’ zone at Advanced Engineering 2019. Ten startups and innovators will be demonstrating their engineering and technology breakthroughs and you could get an early glimpse at the next ‘Alexa’, 3D printer or tablet.