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The Future of Accounting is Digital

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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...

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Containing superintelligent AI is impossible, researchers find

Robot Hand
“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Ever since the release of Stan Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey” more than 50 years ago, the sentient supercomputer HAL-9000 has embodied the fear of a superintelligence computer that emancipates itself from human oversight in order to complete its assignment. In this classic movie, HAL was depicted as turning increasingly neurotic. But today,...

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Towards the First Demonstration of Quantum Advantage in Material Discovery

3D model of material
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...

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Singapore leads the future of food with world-first approval of cultured meat sales

Man and child buying meat in supermarket
Cultured meat, also known as “lab-grown meat” or “clean meat”, is built up from layers of animal muscle cells cultivated in a bioreactor. Since the debut of a proof-of-concept hamburger patty in 2013, it has increasingly come to the attention of potential consumers and investors. Although the technology of cell culture has been well developed in the medical field, the concept still faces several...

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