The boundaries between humans and technology are blurring: we visited CeBIT 2017
Nowadays CeBIT is one of the biggest tech events, which Régens colleagues are happy to visit year by year, since we can learn about up-to-date and innovative solutions, and we always fly back to Hungary with inspiring ideas in our heads. This year was no exception. At CeBIT 2017 the most popular topics were the following:
- artificial intelligence
- virtual reality
At this year’s fair, the main subject in connection with robots was the relationship between humanoid robots and humans. Because of the technology that enables the development of robots and making them look like actual humans, we must ask the question: how would people react to a robot that looks like them? How can we make Artificial Intelligence likeable?
We could also learn that the testing of human-like robots is already in progress in Japan: at the moment, there are only very simple robots which can nod their heads, but they are conducting experiments to find out whether robots may be used in the future in elder care or childcare. The main aim today is to bring technology closer to people, and to ensure that humans and humanoid robots may make up a real society one day.
Nowadays Artificial Intelligence is probably the most rapidly developing branch of IT. We could witness some great breakthroughs recently: infrastructure systems today are capable of storing an immense amount of information. It has become commonplace at almost every webshop to use chatbots, and half-intelligent navigation systems are used in transportation as well.
Of course there are also a few challenges on this field: for example, it would be great if AI could be used in cyber security in the near future.
VR was maybe the topic which was talked about the least at the fair, because it has a very narrow market (around 60.000 people). When it comes to Virtual Reality, you can mostly find games and different startup solutions. But you must also be ready for some dramatic changes in the field: according to predictions, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality can become competitors of today’s PCs in the future.
At CeBIT there was also an opportunity to try an exciting VR experience together, when users could interact with each other as well in a VR setting.
IoT and Cyber Security
The subjects of IoT and Cyber Security are very closely related. You can see that IoT is spreading really fast: it is there in our smart homes, in cars, or even factories. The biggest question (and also the subject of many experiments) now is how many devices could be connected to each other and how.
But there is also a darker side to IoT: in one of the most interesting presentations, an expert showed us how a phone may be hacked with the help of a Wi-Fi network (it is surprisingly simple). IoT is the most common subject of hacker attacks today, so security is one of the most important things when it comes to IoT. The more devices you link together, the more opportunities for a hacker to attack the system. A lot of thought must be put into setting up the protection of such systems: it must be determined where the device is operating, what operation system and what programmes are running on it.
We had the time of our lives at this year’s conference: we came home with a lot of new experiences and ideas in our heads - and we would also like to adopt the innovative world view when working on our new development projects. We hope we can also take part in CeBIT 2018 - even more so because they came up with the headline “Forget Everything You Know about CeBIT” and they promised to make huge changes to the event and become an “innovation festival.”
See you in 2018!