Sunday 18 November 2018

Watch: How tech could be creating a 1984 scenario – highlights from Wednesday’s Web Summit

Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

Join us on Independent.ie for highlights each day from the main speakers and talks of the 2018 Web Summit.

Digital peace, cyber threats and robots ruling the world were all up for discussion on the Centre Stage of the Web Summit on Wednesday.

Microsoft President Brad Smith painted a dystopian picture of the dangers of the misuse of technology such as facial recognition saying that limitations are needed by companies and governments.

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, also joined Smith on stage and supported increased tech regulation.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom with talks focusing on Christmas gadgets and toys as well as the rise of social gaming.

Kristen Garcia Dumont, CEO of Machine Zone, and Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch, discussed the importance of connecting with the public beyond just gaming.

In the face of technological developments and societal changes, staying relevant is also becoming increasingly important.

One of the world’s most popular games, Minecraft, was launched in 2001 but its popularity has continued to grow.  Helen Chiang, Studio Head, Minecraft, explained what has kept them relevant for so many years.

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