Arriving out of breath and sweating from the Spanish humidity, having run to get to our interview at VMworld Barcelona on time, Richard Bennett starts as he means to go on: expressively.
The Head of Advisory Services EMEA at virtualisation company VMware has plenty to say. It helps that we're discussing one of his favourite subjects, the effects of technology on society. The Yorkshireman's face lights up when I say that I'm not so interested in the present but the future. I then ask a single question and spend the rest of our allotted time frantically typing.
That question is: “Assuming virtualisation continues to underpin the technology that affects our lives, how do you think that will transform society over, say, a 10-year period?”
What follows here is, as succinctly as possible, his response. For clarity I've rearranged and paraphrased in places. Any errors are therefore mine rather than Bennett’s.
One of the big things we've seen in the past six to 12 months in EMEA is that what we initially class as revolutionary quickly becomes mundane, sometimes within minutes. I had a discussion with German smart car manufacturers recently, who are trying to reach Level 5 autonomy [fully self-driving]. My first experience of sitting in a fully-autonomous self-driving car went something like this:
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