At our May breakfast we welcomed Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, an innovation centre helping organisations leverage the value of data for economic and social benefit.
Gillian opened up with a journey into the future, all the way to 2035 to illustrate how the world might look with the use and impact that data, robotics and artificial intelligence may have on our lives. She case studied a typical day for her daughter who will be almost 30 by then. Using biometric tattoos or chip implants our whole lives could be diarized out for us. Robots will help us around home and in work life, while driverless cars and the ‘hyper loop’ will transport us from Glasgow to London in 35 minutes for a night out on the town.
Gillian’s predictions were fascinating and the busy breakfast audience hung on her every word. She also answered any critics who said it was pie in the sky – “this technology is already being taken seriously, none of it is fiction – it is all in R&D and in some cases production. There is no holding it back!”
The big question of the day was; “how can Scotland get involved?” Scotland is a nation of inventors and it’s through innovation that we can win as a nation. The Data Lab, run by Gillian, is here to help companies drive technology and innovation. Fundamentally innovation is what drives technology and with a £20 billion opportunity for the Scottish economy Gillian is keen to get businesses collaborating to enjoy their share of what the future holds for us all.
She also showed how companies such as Aggreko and the Beatson are already benefiting from the use of algorithms to provide predictive analytics with equipment maintenance and patient treatment plans.
It was an incredibly fascinating and insightful presentation, and all in all every single profession will be disrupted by technology in the future, so let’s get involved today.
Thanks again to Gillian who can be contacted for more information:
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