Author: Catalina Sparleanu

Working with top experts to identify how the latest innovations and disruptive technologies will impact businesses, industries, and society. Academic background in social science (Ph.D. in Sociology), ongoing MBA degree, experience in private companies and NGOs

A Stepping Stone Towards a Sustainable Company: Gathering the Right Data

As a Senior Management Consultant at IBM, Anja Juhl Jensen has been working with digital innovation and disruptive technologies for more than 16 years. Currently, she supports IBM customers in the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain to set a sustainable course for their organization. In an interview with Supertrends, she calls attention to an essential step in achieving a sustainable organization: proper data collection and analysis. Anja Juhl Jensen has extensive experience working with disruptive technologies that drive sustainability. Other areas of expertise...

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The Future of Accounting is Digital

The financial services industry is evolving rapidly, propelled by the rise of new technologies and software. Accounting is also stepping up its pace, striving to implement and extend the usage of electronic invoice systems. Once rolled out on a larger scale, electronic billing has the potential to save costs, speed up transactions, and ease the environmental burden. Serial entrepreneur, author of ten books, and fintech enthusiast Werner Valeur strongly believes that the future of accounting is digital. From automated data capture, direct data transfer between transaction participants, and...

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Towards the First Demonstration of Quantum Advantage in Material Discovery

New materials can bring tremendous benefits across all industries, from agriculture and construction to telecommunication, aerospace, medicine, the food industry, and the energy sector. However, most of the methods currently used for material discovery are based on trial-and-error procedures that require a significant amount of resources and take plenty of time to develop and implement. A hybrid approach using both classical and quantum devices along with machine learning and artificial intelligence tools – has the potential to bring material discovery to a new level of efficiency and...

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Flying Qubits and Quantum Transistors – One More Piece in the Quantum Computing Puzzle

Developing components and systems for quantum information processing is a major task with a significant impact on the future of quantum computing. We are at a point where avid research is taking place in multiple directions; every little progress has the potential to shape the future of this industry. Within CEA Grenoble, Dr. Eleni Chatzikyriakou is working on simulating the operation of transistors, thus improving their functionality and performance.  Along with efforts focused on building qubits and increasing their coherence time (the time spent by qubits in superposition), scientists...

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A Paradigm Shift. The Role of Quantum Mechanics in Arbitration, Politics, and Defense

For centuries, science has been based on Newtonian laws and the principles of classical physics. In the last decades, this ontology started to be questioned, leading to the rise of quantum mechanics. From theoretical simulations and mathematical experiments, these quantum principles soon extended to computer science. They are working their way into different industries, from manufacturing and chemistry to law, politics, and defense. Classical mechanics picture the world as a collection of particles that find themselves under the influence of various electromagnetic forces. Repetitive measurements...

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Honeywell: the time to build a strategy leveraging quantum computing is now

With a quantum volume of 128, Honeywell is one of the major players in the field of quantum computing, aiming to bring this technology to its full potential and harness its advantage in solving problems that span multiple industries. Along with rampant developments in the field of quantum technology, the need for benchmarking and congruent measurements across this field has become imperative. Simply measuring the number of qubits is not relevant for the performance and efficacy of a quantum computer, together with a protocol for measuring it on current devices[1]. Quantum volume – the...

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The biggest obstacle to quantum computing is… noise?

We spoke to Jessica Pointing, a world-renowned quantum computing expert and Harvard graduate currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Quantum Computing from Stanford University. Among the interesting insight she shared with us, she explained how various types of noise can affect quantum computations and what can be done to eliminate or avoid the resulting errors. In the quantum context, ‘noise’ is not an undesirable sound. It is interference that can be caused by internal and external factors. External factors usually include: magnetic fields, variation in temperature, impurities in the...

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Delivering value right now with quantum computing

Some refer to quantum computers as a big technological bubble in which people will soon lose interest, others believe that it might take decades to see some significant breakthrough in this field. For other companies and experts, quantum computing is already here. Tina Sebastian, CEO of Quacoon and a seasoned expert in both computer science and manufacturing, is convinced that quantum technology can already bring significant value to Industry 4.0 and supply chain management. Where do all these different views come from? First of all, it depends on the technology and the quantum computing...

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Bringing molecular simulations a step further

What can we do with the near-term quantum devices that we currently have? What are the benefits that they bring, and what is their future potential? Is it possible for the actual NISQ (Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum) devices to further advance the fields of material and drug discovery through complex molecular simulations and modelling that are difficult to generate on a classical computer? These are some of the main topics on quantum scientists’ research agenda and a strong point of interest for Sayonee Ray, a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Quantum Information and Control...

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Quantum computers are coming. What about quantum software?

With the rise of quantum hardware providers that make some of their devices available to the public through cloud services, the number of companies working to develop quantum software – tools, algorithms, programming languages and applications – for this innovative technology has increased substantially. So has the complexity of the field and the differences in perspectives and approaches. Along with developing functional qubits and the hardware technology to support quantum computing, an entire plethora of software components needs to be developed as well. Denise Ruffner, Chief...

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Financial investments in the cultured meat sector. Hype or real opportunity?

With widespread disruptions of the traditional supply chain of meat and the emergence of new technologies as well as an increasing sentiment toward animal welfare, cultured meat is emerging as a viable investment option in the future of protein. Cultured meat (in-vitro meat, lab-meat, clean meat) is developed in bioreactors, taking just a few cells (biopsy) from a living animal and multiplying them under sterile conditions in order to obtain the final product – minced meat, filet, steak, etc. Pioneered by the Dutch university professor Mark Post in 2013, the idea soon speeded all...

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Cultured Meat and the Agricultural Sector, Friend or Foe?

As global crises such as the COVID pandemic continue to affect supply chains and meat production facilities in the United States and across the world, could cultured meat be the future solution to the present issues faced by the agricultural sector? The current COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the current status quo, forcing the society to reassess its activities and find alternative ways to create value. Traditional areas that during the pandemic were hardly hit or underwent a significant change could be now replaced or transformed forever. One such area is the agricultural sector. With supply...

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Quantum computing – no black magic but definitely mind-bending

Forget anything you know about classical computers and the way they work. Open your mind and be prepared to see computational work from an entirely new perspective on a completely new level. Back in 1900 people couldn’t imagine what a computer could be used for. Fast forward to 2019 and there are over 2 billion computers and the number is increasing. This is a stark contrast to Watson’s assumption in 1943 that “[…] there is a world market for maybe five computers”. The need for data processing is increasing exponentially and the calculations required are constantly increasing in complexity,...

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Meat Locally Produced… In Your Own Kitchen

The disruptions caused by the current coronavirus pandemic have highlighted the vulnerability of traditional supply chains. Cultured meat, artificially produced by a bioreactor in a laboratory, offers the enticing prospect of being able to produce food locally even in places where there is no space for traditional animal husbandry. We spoke to David Brandes, co-founder of Peace of Meat, about how cultured meat (CM) could relieve pressure on the food supply chain and one day make it possible to produce meat in your own home. As a co-founder and managing director of the Belgian startup company...

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