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Debate explores future of AI in business

On 30 September, Year 13 student Samkeliso Kimbinyi accompanied Principal Joanne Harper to The Windsor Debates.

The session was based on Artificial Intelligence, which Samkeliso hopes to study at university when he leaves the UTC next year. Below is his account of the experience:

“On 30 September Joanne and I attended a Windsor Debate at Windsor Castle entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence, the impact on industry’. 

“As we checked in we got a free book, “The Future Of Business”. The debates started with a session summarising what Artificial Intelligence is and where it is going by Rohit Talwar, who happened to be the person who wrote the book we received at the start.

“A few talks from various business people and academics were presented. This included Phil Wood from Bucks New University, who gave a talk entitled “The Future Laboratory” in which I became the focal point of the room as I was the youngest person attending the debate. ‘Generation Z’ is apparently the term used to describe people born between 1990 and 2001 and it quickly became my nickname for the remainder of the day. I was questioned on my opinions on the workspace of the future and what people my age see as important.

“My favourite part of the day was a talk from Dr Tsueno Nakata (CEO of Fujitsu Labs Europe). He demonstrated how Fujitsu labs are leveraging AI to create solutions that could potentially save lives. It was the only technical demonstration of the day and I found it remarkable. He also spoke about how important Philosophy and Ethics are in the development of Artificial Intelligence.

“I learnt so much from the day and it was an extremely useful experience as I intend to study Artificial Intelligence at university. Currently I am taking Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science at the UTC.”

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