We’re excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series, Create the Future! *NEW LINKS UPDATED BELOW*
Create the Future
Engineering is everywhere. From nanotechnology and the Internet of Things to autonomous vehicles, healthcare, and even your morning cup of coffee – engineering shapes the world around us. Engineers launched us forward from our first use of tools to an era of space exploration, and they will play a central role in solving the challenges of our future. Create the Future explores the wonderful world of skill, creativity, and innovation that is engineering, and highlights how engineers impact our lives each and every day.
Hosted by Sue Nelson, each episode will look into a different area of engineering and bring together the knowledge, experiences, and ideas of both industry experts and young professionals.
The fourth episode of the Create the Future podcast focuses on artificial intelligence, a topic often found at the centre of modern ethical discourse, and one that frequents both the cinema screens of Hollywood, and the pages of science fiction.
Joined by experts Dame Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton; and Azeem Azhar, technology entrepreneur and producer of the Exponential View newsletter and podcast, we talk about the benefits of AI, as well as its ethical issues, its future, and why we should proceed with caution in its development.
The third episode of the Create the Future podcast is out now! Joining us this month to discuss what our future cities might look like are Larissa Suzuki, senior product manager for automatic machine learning at ORACLE, and honorary associate professor at UCL; and Andrew Comer, director of the cities business unit at BuroHappold Engineering.
In this month’s episode, Smart Cities: all hype or a platform for change?, we look back on the technological and economic successes of the 2012 Olympic Games; debate the implications of using people’s data to improve city infrastructure; and highlight the need to ensure that smart city technology is developed to be inclusive, not a commodity. Click below to hear more!
Image caption (Credit NASA): Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module “Eagle” on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. took the photograph with a Hasselblad 70mm camera. Most photos from the Apollo 11 mission show Buzz Aldrin. This is one of only a few that show Neil Armstrong (some of these are blurry).
Create the Future episode two
The second episode of the Create the Future podcast – Moon landing and Mars rovers: our forays into space – is out now! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we talk with Apollo engineer Dr David Baker and then traverse the surface of Mars with Airbus ExoMars rover engineer Abbie Hutty.
QEPrize winners Hugo Fruehauf and Bradford Parkinson recently appeared on BBC Inside Science to discuss their incredible, world-changing innovation: the Global Positioning System. Both engineers made a crucial contribution to the development of the revolutionary system, which opened up navigation to people all around the world. In February 2019, Bradford and Hugo, along with Richard Schwartz and James Spilker, Jr, were awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for their pivotal roles in creating GPS.
2018 rapidly draws to a close and the 2019 QEPrize winner(s) will soon be announced on 12 February. Over the next year, we are eager to see the plethora of pioneering ideas and innovations that engineers produce to drive society forward. First, however, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our favourite moments from the past year. We’ve seen innovative and exciting work underway across copious fields of engineering, learnt ways to improve diversity and inclusion (both in the sector and beyond), explored the possibilities of the future, and welcomed four new members to the QEPrize judging panel.
Now is an incredibly exciting time to capitalize on what has been a hive of behind the scenes activity in haptics. Haptics is best understood as the feedback generated by a computer as a result of a user’s interaction. Imagine using your fingers to select your favourite piece of music or latest podcast on your smartphone without having to look. A haptics expert can create touch experiences by applying sensation, force or vibrations to a device, which responds when users physically interact with it. When applied to virtual reality (VR), this ‘human oriented’ engineering gives a much more believable, realistic and immersive experience. This has enormous potential to change the way we work, learn and play.