Some of our Year 8 students watched a live streaming of the UK Managing Director of Google, Eileen Naughton, discussing advances in technology and connectivity. The hour-long web broadcast featured a lecture, film clips plus a question and answer session and it highlighted how fast technological innovations are taking place and imagined what future innovations could look like.
She spoke about how more than 70 per cent of UK adults now own a smartphone: ‘These super-computers in our pockets have more processing power than the computers that were used to land Apollo 11 on the moon in 1969. I am going to talk about how technology is changing and accelerating, affecting people and consumer behaviour, how it is changing business and what this means for our future. We live in a most amazing time …’
‘Sometimes you don’t realise that when you are living in a technology revolution just how fast and how far this path has taken us already and how fast the pace of change is happening. Many of you will have come across the concept of Moore’s Law which holds that every 18 months the number of transistors you can fit on the same piece of silicon nearly doubles for the same cost and this law has held true over the past 20 years. With all this affordable processing power robotics is one area that is advancing quickly.’
To conclude she said: ‘You are the future. You are aspiring intelligent young people and you have a connection to technology, you have a native understanding of these technologies. I invite you to dream big, to understand that a small idea can be amplified in this connected world we live in and that anything is possible.’