The current sense of relief is putting a spring in the step of UK broadband campaigners. They’ve banged their heads against a brick wall for at least the last 2 decades.
Now at last, thanks to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and the Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) and umpteen others, the broadband campaigners sense that those walls are ‘a-tumbling down’. But all that head banging has taken its toll. In their dazed state will they simply collapse into the rubble or leap across?
Whilst the basics still need to be sorted – and it will take time to clear the rubble – minds are already focused on what may lay ahead. The next Digital Decade is not short of promise but will demand careful navigation. Given the pace of technological developments in AI, Robotics and ‘Sentient Tools’ it should come as no surprise that concerns about the societal and ethical issues are at the top of forward thinking agendas.
As FISP debates its research agenda, the demand for clear vision has never been more evident. (04/02/2017)