Canterbury Tech is holding a summit on September 15 in Christchurch to help New Zealand organisations prepare for emerging and rapidly changing technologies encompassing the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to Canterbury Tech, blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
“It moves from simple digitisation (the Third Industrial Revolution) to innovation based on combinations of technologies. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing will continue to accelerate and progress.
“Computational growth happens fast with capacity doubling every two years. Imagine what New Zealand would be like if we took all of today’s technologies and made them twice as capable – that could be our country in just two years,” says Michael Trengrove, chair of the Canterbury Tech.
“Breakthroughs in fields like biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence are occurring at such a pace that a future where you cannot distinguish between the natural and the artificial may be closer than we think,” says Trengrove, in a statement.
A future where you cannot distinguish between natural and artificial technologies may be closer than we think
“Billions of people around the world are using mobile devices that are millions of times more powerful than the computers that helped man land on the moon.
“Combining the increases in computer processing power with emerging technologies is one thing, but putting that in the hands of billions of connected people means endless possibilities and rapid change.”
Speakers at the event, to be held at the Christchurch Air Force Museum, include Dr Ben O’Brien, CEO of StretchSense and a pioneer in the wearable sensor industry; Laura Bell, founder of SafeStack; Jordan Carter, CEO of InternetNZ; and John Ascroft, CIO at Jade.
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