We attended the second Tech Breakfast organised by Nor(DEV):, held in the gorgeous Maids Head Hotel. This morning’s topic was disruptive technology and how it might affect us day-to-day and society as a whole – a huge subject to cover at 7.30am!
Most opted for the full English, but some went one step further and had eggs Benedict (a decision I regretted not making, but will definitely get next time!) Rainbird’s James Duez was initially scheduled to speak, but his colleague Ben Taylor had to step in at the last minute, but as it was a talk they had written together it proved no detriment to the morning. The subject of disruptive technologies proved to be a fascinating one, with Ben focusing on the main disruptors rather than trying to cover all twelve in 30 minutes. I hadn’t fully comprehended the impact some tech would make to our lives over the next ten years or what effect having more of the world online could do. One thing Ben said that resonated with me more than anything, especially when speaking of robotics and AI, was that tech didn’t have to be perfect, just better than people.
For others Ben’s talk prompted discussion on data sharing and privacy (a discussion which carried on all day for some!) and seemed, from the feedback left, to have been genuinely thought provoking.
I’m looking forward to the next one (and the eggs Benedict).