Speaking at the recent Datacentrix event, LENORE KERRIGAN, Country Sales Director of OpenText Africa, spoke about the realisation that what was once pure science fiction, is now our everyday reality.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary Science Fiction is defined as: fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component. The term was first used in 1851, and now almost 170 years later, it seems that art is reflecting life more and more.
Speaking at the recent Datacentrix event held in Johannesburg, Lenore Kerrigan, Country Sales Director of OpenText Africa, spoke about the realisation that what was once pure science fiction, is now our everyday reality. Cell phones were first seen in ‘Star Trek’, a smart car like the one in ‘Knight Rider’ are examples of how imaginations have become reality.
A more recent series ‘Person of Interest’ depicts a computer able to discern patterns of any person and predict what will happen to them is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Organisations have access to data which is able to predict buyer behaviour, buying patterns, and online personae. The issue is that this data sits in pools around the organisation and the only way to effectively use the potential information is to create a data lake. Having a centralised ‘data lake’ which combines structured as well as unstructured data, will enable organisations to accurately predict behaviours – leading to a proactive approach to retaining clients.
Another shift that has occurred as a direct result of the ‘Technological Revolution’ is how careers which seemed like science fiction not even a decade ago, are now mainstream and in demand. Machine learning is one of those careers, there are people who hold a PhD in this field. The financial services industry has experienced a fundamental shift in how money is transferred, saved, and spent. Innovative applications like SnapScan, cryptocurrency such as BitCoin are examples of why brick and mortar banking institutions will struggle in the next few years if they don’t adapt dramatically. Another element one needs to evaluate is how these technologies will affect economies in the coming years. One thing is certain – the younger generation of financial experts know how to deal with these shifts and business models in the cloud. Businesses who are apprehensive about moving with the revolution will be left behind.
Another sector that needs to evolve is the building industry. A house can be printed using a 3-D printer in less than two days, if construction and manufacturing companies don’t reinvent their business models to include this incredible technology, they will be left behind.
In closing, Kerrigan urged businesses to look at their own business models and asked if they are in control of the ‘data lake’ available to them. Intelligently using data available in your organisation will make determine if you survive or not. Businesses need to remember that customers are no longer content with a reactive relationship, they are more demanding and as such businesses must use information to continually evolve and become more customer-centric.
Welcome to world of 2099
The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.
Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.
This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.
Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.
As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.
“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”
The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.
“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”
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- Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube
Street art goes electric
Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.
The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.
The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.
D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.
D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.
“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”
As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.
Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”
Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”