Those of you who know me know that I am a little technologically challenged. Technology can be a threat to my sanity. However the world is evolving and with it comes the ever progressing technology so I have no choice but to adapt and connect to what is next. That was the theme at last nights IFS event, a very informative session moderated by global business speaker and entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo.
IFS is a multinational enterprise software company that provides a range of services and focuses on a number of industries including aerospace and defence. They designed a maintenance software suite (IFS Maintenix) which incorporates aviation maintenance organisation as one integrated solution. I love aviation, so even though a lot of the technical talk was lost on me, I was very interested in that aspect of what they (IFS) do.
What also caught my attention was Trevor Raman’s statement (CEO of Saab Grintek Defence) that “Imagine if black boxes were in the cloud”. In aviation, a black box refers to the flight recorder which by the way is not really black but bright orange. It is designed to be indestructible and records flight data and sounds in the cockpit. Their purpose is to facilitate in determining the causes of aviation accidents. So when a plane crashes, engineers first look for the black box. But if the recordings were backed in the cloud, the search for the black box would not be necessary thus saving time and resources. Perhaps we would even know what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 if black boxes were backed.
Apart from that, there were discussions on the destruction technology may bring and the need for businesses to adapt if they want to remain relevant (and operational). There was also a hot tech showcase and talks about augmented reality, text-by-thinking and get this, not self driving cars but brain-to-vehicle technology. Cars that can interpret signals from the driver’s brain. Amazing stuff right? So why again have we not found/created cures for certain illnesses?
So the world is going to be a very different place 20 years from today and we need to keep that in mind when starting businesses. Let us think ahead and create for the future.