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Art of Possible: The future of emerging tech in business – opportunities vs threats

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13th January 2022
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A feeder event for Scotland’s national CAN DO Innovation Summit

CEOs have been asking questions about how their businesses can remain competitive in the era of disruption. More and more, the answer lies in a set of inter-related innovations commonly referred to as emerging technologies, although now increasingly mainstreamed.

We can’t blame the machines for the potentially unethical impact they might have on society. Business, in particular, has an important role to play.

The ethical values that shape our society don’t change because of technological developments, but their practical application might. Businesses, policymakers and the public alike have a responsibility to ensure that new and disruptive tech is used to serve the interests of humanity, and not the other way around.

In this session, three leading experts in the fields of data science, AI, robotics and immersive tech will explore the business opportunities and threats of emerging tech to achieve profit with purpose.

The session will be chaired by Paul Winstanley, CENSIS CEO.


  • Prof Ruth Aylett – Professor in Computer Science, Heriot–Watt University, a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and the Heriot-Watt Robotarium. LinkedIn
  • Dr Mhairi Aitken, an Ethics Fellow in the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI. Twitter and website
  • David Sime, who directs augmented and virtual reality activities for Riiot Digital and Oncor Reality. LinkedIn and website


  • 10.45: small discussion groups (10mins)
  • 11:00: panel discussion with audience Q&A (60mins)
  • 12:00: close


For further information and to register, please visit the event website via Eventbrite.