The 5 Best Things From Lisbon Web Summit 2017
Didn’t you have the opportunity to go to Lisbon Web Summit 2017? Here is your chance to know a little of what happened!
Networking Is Key
Web Summit, the biggest tech Conference in Europe, reunited in Lisbon thousands of people from different countries – 59115 from 170 countries, to be precise. The opportunity to network and exchange points of view is perfect. Like Paddy Cosgrave said, “Web Summit does not end at 6 pm, when the doors close, Web Summit is ON during the 4 days, 24hours”.
It is really easy to meet new people, as everyone is willing to talk about their projects, know about others people’s work and ideas and share opinions on big topics concerning our world and related global trends. Web Summit provides a lot of activities and every moment is an opportunity to meet someone new… and we never know where or who is key to our project.
Do What You Love
One of the most impressive things at Web Summit is the passion that everybody has in their projects. It is amazing to see people off all ages who have abandoned the jobs they hated to create their own startups.
Actually, one of the key messages from this Conference is that to be successful it is vital that to love what you do, be ready to work hard and focus on the right things. It can take time to get some results but they will appear – and Web Summit helps to accelerate this success.
Flying Cars Are In The Sky
Flying cars was one of the hot topics discussed during Web Summit with Uber leading the conversation by saying it will be possible by 2020. Will it be? Will it be safe? Will it work in big cities? What about pollution and noise? Will cars be piloted by humans or machines? There are lots of questions without a proper answer yet. There’s no doubt that it would be a step forward in technology and in our lives: most of the time we waste in traffic could be used for productive things, accidents would be avoided and everybody would have access to it – according to Uber , flying cars are going to be cheap.
However, there are still a lot of things to discuss and this big project is not ready yet. Besides Uber, there are some companies developing flying cars, such as Boeing, AirBus and Kitty Hawk, which might indicate that we are, actually, closer to flying to work, than we might think.
Robots Will Steal Our Jobs And Maybe More
Sophia has come once again to Lisbon. And who is Sophia? Sophia is the first robot in the world to be declared with a citizenship. She talks, ask and answer questions and shows some emotions, like happiness and anger.
However, during a conversation she can’t understand everything correctly and some of her expressions are really weird. On the other side, she ensures that she doesn’t have any intention of attacking humans although she declares her desire of taking our jobs.
Artificial Intelligence is here to stay and had got a lot of attention during Web Summit. With AI, our world can be changed for better in different fields, such as poverty, health and education, among others. However, like Stephen Hawking said, we have to be careful and define some rules to not be destroyed by it.
Security And Privacy
Is it possible to have security without compromising on privacy? This was one of the central topics during Web Summit. Security needs to be assured in order to avoid cyber attacks, although to guarantee security we need to give up on our privacy. This is a theme that requires a lot of attention and precaution, because privacy is a right that we all have and should not be called into question. There is a long path ahead of us, and we must be very caution about this.
Did you visit Web Summit? What were your highlights this year?
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