18:03 12 May 2018
The next couple of years are expected to usher a wave of technological change that will transform life as we know it. Artificial intelligence (AI), disruptive technology, robots and advanced algorithms are set to provide enormous economic benefits. However, many fear that they will displace human workers in the future.
This fear is what the BT Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and trade association ScotlandIS attempt to address in their report: Automatic… For the People?
The report focuses on how Scotland can harness the benefits that innovative technologies have to offer to increase economic and social prosperity. It concluded that there is a need for a strategy to properly address technology as countries begin to adopt it.
Glasgow is already benefiting from Internet of Things (IoT) by using sensors on wheelie bins. This technology allows city workers to determine which bins have to be emptied so they can focus on areas in greatest need. Orkney is also trialling 5G mobile technology for farming automation. It uses sensors and drones that gather and send real-time information on crops and livestock back to farms.