On Thursday 6th September the Churchill Club hosted their Top Tech Trends Debate, a unique event that pitted five industry leaders against eachother in an effort to identify the next game changer in technology. One of these leaders was our very own Paul Higgins, Chair of Future Business Council’s Policy and Advisory Committee.
The rules of the debate were simple – each panellist had two minutes to argue for a little-known technology that looks primed to impact the world stage in 3-5 years. The other panellists then indicated whether or not they were convinced, giving reasons for their stance.
The technological game-changers put forward included driverless cars as a service (Paul Higgins), the disruption of our education sector by online retailers like Amazon (Kee Wong) and using tech to tap into diasporas around the world (Bienna Chow).
The panellists were generally reluctant to agree with each other, which made for some healthy debate and underlined the lack of consensus about which emerging technologies will change our lives. In the end it was Kee Wong who claimed first place for his predictions about a reimagining of our tertiary education system, with Paul finishing a noble second.
For further insight into the future of tech, the future of work and the future economy, download and read The Next Boom, Future Business Council’s guide to World 4.0.