Why your first robot might speak with a Scottish accent

Rory Archibald, business development manager for VisitScotland Business Events.

Last month, the prime minister announced that cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G wireless internet, “smart” energy technology and robotics would be at the heart of the government’s new post-Brexit industrial strategy.

This month, the Science Museum in London unveils a new exhibition revealing the remarkable 500-year history of robots, featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Robotics is hot right now.

And as a world-renowned robotics hub, Scotland is at the forefront of innovation in this industry.

Which is why we chose robotics as the subject for the latest in our INNOVATETHENATION talk series.

INNOVATETHENATION provides a unique networking opportunity for local experts and industry champions to facilitate future collaboration, to help bring the best business events to Scotland and to boost its profile on the world stage.

Robotics is an exciting sector for Scotland, showcasing our innovation centres and excellence in research and manufacture. This latest talk will shine a light on some of the outstanding developments being pioneered right here in Scotland. The potential growth for conferences and events in this area is particularly exciting.

Next month the European Robotics Forum – considered the most influential meeting of the European robotics community – takes place in Edinburgh. With robotics set to have a worldwide economic impact of $1.7 to $4.5 trillion annually by 2025, associated business events in this area could prove to be very good news for all of us working in the meetings industry.

Academics and innovators in robotics find a welcome home in Scotland. As one of the INNOVATEROBOTICS speakers, Dr Kasim Terzic from the University of St Andrew’s, puts it, “Scotland has a number of world-class universities, an excellent reputation in Computer Science and Robotics and good career prospects. I also find it a great place to live, with excellent infrastructure, amazing nature and a very welcoming population.”

It’s this combination of an academic hub with simply being a great place to live and work that provides many destinations with the opportunity to capitalise on attracting industry-specific meetings, conferences and events. And with everyone’s minds focussed on the industrial strategies of UK plc in the next few years, there’s never been a better time to promote the value of business events to our economy. Synergies are out there between all sorts of pioneering sectors and the world of conferences and events, so let’s make sure we take advantage of them.

And by the way, speaking of the not-too-distant future, should you find yourself with a domestic robot serving all your household needs, don’t be surprised if it speaks with a Scottish accent.

Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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