SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS AT EMTECH ASIA 2017
EmTech Asia is a breeding ground for technology, business and culture to come together, ensuring emerging trends are optimised to its fullest potential to create a difference in our lives. This year, the conference was held from 14 to 15 February at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, attended by over 600 like-minded individuals from 22 countries. The lineup of speakers included some of the brightest minds in the areas of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, smart cities, space exploration, augmented and virtual reality as well as computing and materials science.
“EmTech Asia is always a great event. We meet amazing men and women from around the world and we talk about technology that is going to change the future. There are works in the biomedical areas, in artificial intelligence, computer vision and virtual reality. It also gives many people a chance to get together and talk about new things they might be able to collaborate on, might be able to discover and, most importantly, how they can contribute to positive things for all of humanity. And we mean that sincerely, that’s why EmTech Asia is so important and that’s why Singapore is proud to host it,” said Steve Leonard, Founding CEO of SGInnovate and Disruptive Innovation Partner of EmTech Asia.
Walter O’Brien, CEO of Scorpion Computer Services & Executive Producer of the record-breaking television series Scorpion, shared some insightful knowledge on how extremely high IQ can be used to maximise and strengthen online defence systems against complex threats of the modern age. He also spoke about how countries can better protect themselves against cyber security threats since they hold the largest amount of sensitive information. For close to three decades, his team at ConciergeUp.
com provided huge clients (with big budgets) solutions to their problems using intelligence pooled from all over the world, and one such example are rescue missions from foreign prisons.
Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor Chair in MIT and Former Deputy Director of NASA, shed some light on recent space science missions to Pluto, Jupiter and most importantly, Mars. Space agencies, academia and industry are working on technologies to help bring human to the Red Planet by 2030s. Currently, there are projects on solar electric propulsion to cutting edge life support systems and crops growing in space, the journey to Mars are definitely unravelling in marvellous tangible ways. The session ended with a call of action to recruit and spark interest in the new generation, not only for astronomers and scientist, but also artists, designers, poet and makers. Everyone plays a part.
Conference Summary at a glance