Virtual reality, AI and cars of the future to take over Techniquest

Science discovery centre Techniquest is organising an event to explore the technology and innovation that will take over the world in the forseeable future.

The highly anticipated After Hours event will return to Techniquest on October 18th, giving people a glimpse into emerging technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Working with Cardiff-based media company Orchard, the educational charity will run an array of immersive experiences for one night only.

In Techniquest’s 360 Planetarium, guests will be able to tour the universe using VR headsets, and there’ll be a challenge where they can hover above a city at great height.

Meanwhile, visitors can hop into a Nissan Leaf 2.Zero to get a taste of electronically assisted driving, and Nissan GB’s Carl Bayliss will give a talk on the company’s technological ambitions.

Several experts from Cardiff University are also to host sessions. James Taylor will demonstrate how 360° cameras and Oculus Go headsets can be used to revolutionise the way we tell stories.

What’s more, philosophy expert Dr. S. Orestis Palermos is to give a talk on the impact artificial intelligence systems will have on humanity. He’ll explore dystopian scenarios seen in Hollywood movies and ask visitors if AI will be heaven or hell.

FabLab will hold a session on advanced prototyping and model making, along with 3D printing demonstrations. During the evening, award-winning caterer Cleverchefs will offer a fully licensed bar and street food.

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest, said: “As part of our mission to make science as fun and accessible to people of all ages, we’re delighted to be welcoming back our beloved After Hours events next month.

“We’ve been working hard to create an event that will take visitors on an interactive trip to the future. With expert talks, innovative technology and the usual fun of our interactive exhibits, it’s sure to be an unforgettable night that will satisfy their curiosity.”