Emerging Technologies: How to Understand the New Digital Age | Guardian Masterclasses

Since the beginning of mankind, technology has changed our world. We’re a very adaptable species, which means we’ve adapted to change. What is new is the unprecedented speed of change and the race to a fully autonomous society. New technologies are emerging that will transform businesses and public services, impacting not only how we work but also how we live and experience our everyday lives.

Markus Holzman and Philip Greenwood Lead this master class that will help you understand the new digital age. You will learn about the potential practical and societal implications and gain a deep fundamental understanding of how these emerging technologies work and the factors that led to their adoption and accelerated growth.

You will understand concepts such as bitcoin and non-fungible tokens and what they mean for our relationships with valuable assets; learn what automatic predictions mean for the evolution of human decision-making; and even experience a live conversation with an AI system and one that can create art like the image above.

course content

  • An introduction to the new technologies that are creating the digital age

  • The unprecedented speed of technological innovation

  • Lessons from the Industrial Revolution

  • Understanding of blockchain (crypto) systems, Bitcoin and NFTs

  • Prediction and decision making with AI and artificial general intelligence

  • Live demonstration with a conversational AI system

  • A digital-first approach to understanding the world today and thinking about the future

  • questions and answers

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teacher profiles

Markus Holzman
Markus Holzman

Markus Holzman is an award-winning educator and innovator who has published many articles, books, and reports on programming, software tools, knowledge systems development, business-IT alignment, and software quality management. He is a computer scientist with a PhD in software engineering and an IT professor emeritus with over four decades of academic and consulting experience. He has been involved in technology standards and led the development of the international standard for the Modula-2 programming language. Using systems development research and practice, Mark has innovated to educate tens of thousands of students and led a team to win a British Computer Society (BCS) IT award. He is currently responsible for designing leadership development programs for Tompkins Leadership in the US.

Philip Greenwood
Philip Greenwood

Philip Greenwood is a technology strategist with extensive experience in the specification, implementation and management of IT projects. He is also an expert in AI, deep learning and blockchain systems. He is an engineer and manager in manufacturing and design and has worked on complex problems for major clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. He has designed and executed strategic transformations for companies such as Accenture, De Beers, Dell and EDF, primarily in supply chain management, operations, commercial and finance. Philip is currently the lead technologist for the large-scale deployment of Tompkins leadership development programs.


Date: Wednesday 7 December 2022
Time: 18:30-21:00 GMT
Price: £49 (plus £2.83 booking fee)

This master class is available worldwide. Check out this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

18:30 GMT | 19:30 CET | 10:30 a.m. PDT | 1:30 p.m. EDT

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