William Light is in the process of developing a range of programs


For several years technology pundits and futurists have been lauding the coming new technology wave from ‘the internet of things’ (IoT) Very cheap computer processors embedded in objects and then inter-connected. The potential to change or lives (hopefully for the better) is enormous.

Recently we have seen the establishment of companies developing the capabilities to launch miniature satellites to connect these devices and there have been media articles on their potential use to create ‘Smart Cities’ with driverless cars, autonomous traffic lights, and so on. The Smart Cities/IoT vision is for all of a city’s ‘machine’ assets and devices to become enabled and intelligent.

In Health similar revolutionary impacts are predicted with robotised operating theatres, nano ‘bots’ used in non-invasive surgeries and much more.

All these advances create waves of disruption in terms of what we do and how we do it. However there is also an incredible array of opportunities for new work, new skill development and whole new careers.

One very prospective area is in the intersection or ‘intersticies’ between existing disciplines.  Bio-technology has of course been a major new area of industry of the past few decades. However it is now being joined by, for example, by the cross-pollination of health with technology and big data analytics to produce health informatics. You may have noted the development of large hospital patient data bases- health informatics goes much further and has, for example, the potential to all health professionals to improve diagnosis and treatment.

In IT, Smart Cities/IoT wont develop very far without high end cyber security systems to ensure the driverless vehicles and intelligent traffic lights continue to work. So the demand for IoT professionals with cyber security expertise is likely to grow exponentially.

So what does all this mean for the poor student?

You can expect more joined up degrees, new areas like health informatics, and the introduction of ‘micro-credentials’ where a very specific skill can be obtained to complement your major study area.

William Light is in the process of developing a range of programs that fit into this arena and we would be happy to talk to students thinking about a study strategy in this space

Regards and Happy Chinese and Lunar New Years!

Greg Black