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The Magic of Technology

By John Abel

Sir Arthur C. Clarke once said “any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.” If you look at how we’ve come in the last few decades, or indeed just the last few years, I don’t think any of us would argue that we have achieved something magical.

To celebrate the magic of technology, we’re going to be at London Technology Week at the Excel in the AI Summit Exhibition Zone, stand AI306, showcasing some of the most amazing technology that we get to use day in, day out. We’ll be demonstrating how we are helping the World Bee Project protect the bee population, and how we’ve created a smart city out of children’s building blocks – show just how accessible technology is today.

One of the things we will be talking at the show is how we are helping customers embrace autonomous technology. For me this is a technology that is truly the equivalent to magic.

Why? Well there are three main reasons.

The first is the protection that it affords our customers. There’s only so much that employees can do—no matter how skilled they may be. Fast, “autonomous” or self-applying software patches and updates are a solid way to mitigate or even prevent data loss from cyber hacks. Many of the attacks and subsequent data leaks over the past few years could have been avoided had available software patches been applied in a timely fashion.

The second is its ability to drive innovation helping organisations uncover rich insights faster and drive greater value for the business. By freeing up staff from mundane tasks, it allows them focus on business-critical projects and putting their brains to work on the things that actually matter to the business rather than maintenance processes.

And it’s this marriage of technology and human insight that is truly magic. By making technology support us we are opening up new possibilities – and who knows where this could lead.


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