I attended the Digital Futures event in the new Milton Keynes Gallery on Thursday 24th October along with around 100 other interested people from the private and public sectors. It was put on by Cityfibe and SEMLEP and it was a fantastic event.
I was slightly dubious at first. Sometimes these events can be a bit limited because of their deeply technical nature. There is also the tendency in the tech world for products to be designed that are a solution to a problem that nobody actually has. I smiled as the attendees arrived, mostly in suits which I thought slightly missed the point.
However, the opposite was true. The presenters were able to balance explanations of the technology along side its use in business and consumer environments. They didn’t pull any punches either, when it came to real and perceived risks. For example, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods brings forward a number of ethical questions.
Contributors included people from Cityfibre, Nokia, Milton Keynes Council, Barclays, Packaged Living, PWC and Vodafone. You can see details at the Digital Futures event page on SEMLEP’s website.
As you might expect, my home city is right at the sharp end of the digital future. the Government has created the Oxford Cambridge Arc project and Mk sits right in the middle. The images below will give you a taste.
I have bumped into a number of the technologies that were presented here during my work with customers For example, that includes projects containing AI powered dynamic pricing, digital services on cars, etc.
The key ‘take aways’ for me were as follows:
And finally, as they say on the news. We were presented with the following trip down the technological memory lane. Did you have any of those phones?