The fourth industrial revolution has begun and yesterday we had a very special visit from Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK who came to talk to pupils from Year 8 about how advancements in digital technology will impact the jobs of the future.
Technology is now embedded in everyday life– from virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa and Microsoft’s own Cortana, to driverless cars, face and voice recognition and a myriad of connected devices. Cindy explained that artificial intelligence is not just about robots and droids, it’s about helping humans“to do more and be more”.
For anyone unsure about studying STEM subjects at school and beyond, more inspiration came from Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge who joined Cindy for a Q&A and to talk about how she came to create the ‘Emma’ Watch, a wrist-worn device that was developed to help combat the tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease.
As Cindy Rose explained, it’s not just about being good at maths, science or engineering;“technology starts with an idea– usually a problem that technology can solve”.
Thank you to Microsoft UK for a fascinating and truly inspiring event.