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For those with free time and a desire to learn. U3A provides an ideal environment in which to pursue new or existing interests. Visit our monthly meeting to see if you would like to join this friendly group. A full list of  interest groups is available on this site under Menu item Groups
Meeting on Wednesday
5 May 2021 at 9.45am
Citizens’ Centre,
College Road, Northcote

Guest Speaker: Vaughan Robertson
Topic:Emerging Technologies

In the recent past, the growing impact of philosophical and cultural trends such as ethics in technology and environmental activism have begun to drive substantial changes to commercial organisations. More recently, the Covid-19 Pandemic and government and business reaction to it have driven a massive, rapid and tectonic shift in usage of technology, with the result that "the new normal" is still being defined.
Vaughan Robertson is Group Manager – Technology Strategy for Beca, one of Asia Pacific’s largest independent advisory, design and engineering consultancies. He has published articles on disruptive technology and change in CIO Magazine and various blogs, and presented on emerging technologies and their impact to a number of conferences including the NZ CIO Summit and the World Engineering Convention.   In his role as "Technical Fellow in Emerging Technologies", and as designated Futurist for Beca, he researches and monitors the fast-changing digital environment, analysing the potential impact on Beca and Beca's clients, and assessing appropriate timing for investment in new technologies. These areas encompass a wide array of "disruptive" technologies, including Artificial Intelligence; Augmented Reality; Drones; Brain Computer Interfaces; the "Internet of Things"; Blockchain and Quantum Computing, among many others

Mini Speaker: Stuart Kendon
The Little Ice Age, 1300-1800

Hosts:    To Be Arranged
Four members at 9.15am please
Morning Tea: Great Artists
Two members at 9.15am and a further 4 at 10.25am please
Hosts and morning tea teams are also responsible for ensuring the hall is left in a clean and tidy state at the end of the meeting


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