PUBLISHED: 17:21 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 19 September 2018 (L-R) Matthew Martin of Immersive VR, Dr Saber Sami of the University of East Anglia, Ryan Baxter of Viewing, and Peter Brady of Orbital Media. Picture: Archant Archant Augmented and virtual reality technology could have an impact “as major as the Industrial Revolution”, according to Norfolk “Techsperts”. Yet similar technology behind applications like the viral Pokemon Go game has been blamed for causing accidents and even deaths.So the pros and cons of these immersive experiences were debated at the Talking Tech conference at The Space in Norwich, where attendees quizzed a panel of experts on the technology’s lack of regulation and data protection.Dr Sami Saber, a lecturer at the UEA, has worked with virtual reality (VR, which sees users put on a head set and become immersed in a digital environment) to aid research into dementia and Alzheimer’s care.He said: “VR can … [Read more...] about Tech conference explores whether virtual reality is the future, or a disaster waiting to happen
Virtual reality in the future
A new report has revealed six new banking jobs of the future expected as the industry focuses on digital evolution, with a view to how that will impact on people in the workforce. The study commissioned by HSBC analyses the challenges and opportunities on the horizon for the banking industry and has used that to predict six new types of jobs of the future. “Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow are unknown to us today,” said Josh Bottomley, global head of digital, retail banking and wealth management at HSBC. One thing is certain, however - artificial intelligence will not replace human intelligence. Blending the best technology with the power of people will be the difference between good and great when it comes to customer experience. Read more: A new era in bank regulation will allow the City to focus on the future Now, the new titles don't have the catchiest of names, so perhaps in the coming years they'll get condensed into something snappier. But for now, … [Read more...] about These are the six new types of banking jobs that HSBC reckons will be in high demand in the future
The 20th century’s internet revolution with data privacy and security concerns will feel like a “dress rehearsal” compared with when super-robots start running our lives, a former government minister has warned. Joanna Shields told a London audience that humanity was “about to unlock an incredibly powerful force” as artificial intelligence software becomes increasingly deployed to treat the sick and assist workers. Speaking at the CogX tech festival in Wapping, the former Home Office minister described the benefits and risks of the next digital revolution as “bigger than anything we’ve ever seen”, particularly for health, poverty, food, climate change and clean energy. Baroness Shields, chief executive of King’s Cross-based health tech and drug discovery firm BenevolentAI, describes herself as “a tech utopian” and was formerly the parliamentary under secretary of state for internet safety and security. She … [Read more...] about Robots in the future ‘will make internet feel like a dress rehearsal’
Listings, some may say, are the ultimate accolade in the architecture world. Most importantly, these designations celebrate and protect some of England’s most treasured properties, helping to preserve the diverse range of architecture we boast today. The recent tranche of Historic England listings has focused on post-modernist and brutalist architecture – but what does the future have in store? And how will future choices be affected by the major changes influencing the real estate sector today? Architecture plays an instrumental role in cities and towns across England. It marks periods of history, reflects cultural shifts and is heavily influenced by fashion, politics and economic measures – which inevitably impact upon our country’s built environment. One of the developing trends in England right now is the reintroduction of prefabrication. Modular housing is of major interest to the current generation of developers and architects and is shaping designs across … [Read more...] about What role do architects have to play in the future of England’s most treasured listed properties?
“Ernest Cline is such a visionary,” Steven Spielberg once said. “He has seen the future before any of the rest of us could possibly imagine it.” The influential filmmaker was, of course, talking about Cline in relation to his debut novel, Ready Player One, a story Spielberg has since adapted to the big screen. For those who have not read the international bestseller, the story features a dystopian future where the majority of the global populous spend their days plugged into a pop-culture filled virtual reality called the OASIS. Within the OASIS, anything’s possible: want to live as an Orc? Then be an Orc! Want to race King Kong? You can! Cast spells, fight monsters, travel through space, own a time-travelling DeLorean… players can do it all. Ready Player One took 10 years to write, and was originally published in 2011, a time before virtual reality headsets such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Playstation VR had properly taken … [Read more...] about Ernest Cline interview on Ready Player One, working with Steven Spielberg, and the future of virtual reality