SCI­ENCE AND TECH­NOL­OGY TRENDS AT EMTECH ASIA 2017

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Update -

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.

CY­BER­SE­CU­RITY

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.

SPACE EX­PLO­RATIONS

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

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