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Technology Development

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Nigel Bennee.

The lecture will be preceded by a short presentation entitled "In the African Bush: Researching the Rhino Poaching Crisis in South Africa" given by Katrin Pfeil

The lecture on Technology Development will start with an overview of General Purpose Technologies which changed the world economy 24 times. It will then home in on the 6 waves of computing and show how each of the waves developed its own characteristics and lead companies. It is remarkable that the lead company in one wave has never become the lead company in the following wave. The 6th and so far last wave of computing is completely different in nature as it is based on Machine Learning, an Artificial Intelligence technology which could transform not just our economy but every aspect of our future lives. It is man’s most powerful but also the most unpredictable technology. Aspects of the speed with which this change will happen will be discussed together with the consequences it may have for employment and how likely it is that Superintelligences will emerge and when.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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