John Leake, SciTech:
“It’s all about understanding what is ‘the art of the possible’ and applying it into industry challenges that might be particularly relevant for the construction sector. I think the second thought I have about kind of emerging technologies is thinking a lot about what’s happening in the world of headsets – internet connected headsets is allowing experts to actually evaluate, verify and validate some of the installation for example of particular technologies and it doesn’t have to be in terms of oculus headsets or Microsoft headsets actually our mobile phones now are connected devices that can be doing a lot of that through secure, authenticated platforms and a lot of that technology is already out there.
When I started out in this role 10-15 years ago we were talking about the world of cloud technologies and cloud solutions and nobody really understood what that was they probably thought it was something that was out of the space sector but it actually permeates every part not only of our working life but actually our home life as well from the light of internet banking and so on. I’m kind of a bit more optimistic that a lot of these new technologies will start to permeate the way that we live and we will absorb them in ways that we’ve become quite familiar with and trust. We see it already with the likes of Alexa, Google and Hive and so on that those types of technologies that are often using AI are actually something that sits within our own home and many people use it on a daily basis. I think it will come, it will take time and like I say with cloud technologies it probably took a good 10-15 years but I suspect that we will see it here and particularly with my children’s generation they’ve grown up with it so they will actually embrace it and absorb it in many ways and with a level of trust and probably better understanding than I’ve got.”