Published on Oct 30, 2015 This fascinating lecture is the first in a series of lectures by Martyn Thomas, the inaugural IT Livery Professor of Information Technology and can be found here or on our dedicated Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZrHVXxIOCA and transcripts can be found at here or at http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/should-we-trust-computers
Computers and software have transformed the world in 67 years and the pace of change is still accelerating. The achievements have been extraordinary: we have the Web, Google and GPS - but we also have viruses, spam and cybercrime. What can we learn from past triumphs and disasters to help us decide about Big Data, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and life in silicon ?
Might the future be built on sand, metaphorically as well as literally?