Thursday, 21 March 2013

Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle

A computerised future?
At the March meeting of the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle, Steve Hammond gave a talk entitled “Computers Today”. Steve approached the subject not from the perspective of how to use a computer but outlined the impact of IT technology on various aspects of life at the moment and, more importantly, in the future. For instance, currently workers at the National Grid predict that, when a popular TV programme ends many kettles are switched on, so there may be the need to arrange for extra power to be brought in from elsewhere. In the future, devices installed in our homes will communicate automatically with the National Grid to determine the best and most efficient way of using power to ensure electricity will not ‘run out’ meaning that no human intervention will be necessary. Steve told how last year he worked at the Olympic Games ensuring that the London Games were the ‘most connected’ Games ever. It has to be said that if there were any glitches over the period, none of those watching the TV at home – or those lucky enough to be at the Games – was aware of it.
The next meeting of the Social and Wine Circle will be in the Church Rooms on Thursday 11 April for a talk about the Automobile Association. As always, a welcome is extended to all and the cost is merely a small donation of £1 per person from all who attend.

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