25 October 2019, 12:30 to 13:30

Tech20: Back to the Future: was it fact or fiction?



25 October 2019, 12:30 to 13:30


The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

20 Queen's Road


AB15 4ZT

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Stephen Sheal, Director of External Relations, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

In the last Tech20 of the season, we will explore some really BIG ideas about the nature of science, invention and what we can know for sure.

Warning... this event will be irreverent and relentlessly positive. So if you are looking for an alternative to cure all the gloomy, doom laden predictions about the future, then this is the Tech20 for you!

“Marty, we’re going back to the future….”

Join us as we take a nostalgic tour down memory lane, chuckle as we remember some of the most bizarre, outlandish and weirdly accurate predictions of the future (mostly from the 1970s and 1980s). We laughed at Back the Future, but in reality their predictions were pretty spot on (think Skype, drones, VR/AR, biometric scanners, home sanitation and voice command tech to name a few).

Also how do ideas from a 16th Century French Essayist still inspire Silicon Valley execs? And what does a Scottish Enlightenment philosopher have to do with the new age of Artificial Intelligence? Explore 'what can we really know for sure' about the future and how data science could answer that question, but by doing so, inadvertently become a religion in the 21st Century.

Who says the Humanities doesn't have something to say about creating a culture of innovation?

Stephen Sheal bio:

As External Relationships Director, Stephen is focused on building strong relationships with the Centre’s strategic partners, members and non-member stakeholder communities. Prior to joining the Technology Centre, Stephen held senior business development and marketing positions within the oil and gas sector and latterly was a Director with an oil and gas focused international executive search firm. He has particular experience of advising a wide range of global companies and organisations including oil and gas operators, international service companies, private equity businesses in various industrial sectors, higher education institutions and economic development.