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THE DIGITAL LIST ONES TO WATCH 2019


TECHNOLOGY


DEMATERIALISATION/ DECENTRALISATION


‘The world will continue to move towards a system of access over ownership, and the key to this is a greater percentage of people choosing to live in cities. Dema- terialisation and decentralisation will continue to shape how we live in the coming years. It may not be the sexiest area for development but technology that facilitates new forms of sharing/on-demand access to goods and services will continue to transform human life,’ says Calum Forsyth, CEO, Seedhaus.


COMPANY TOPOLYTICS


Topolytics is a smart grid for the $500bn global waste industry, generating insights from the most accurate dataset on the complex system of waste movements globally, capturing the $2trn of value lost in waste sent to landfill. Edinburgh-based Topolytics is a global leader in the ‘smart-waste’ sector and is enabling the circular economy at scale.


TECHNOLOGY


QUANTUM (POWERING INTELLIGENT MACHINES)


‘Every so often the collaboration of research is aggregated towards the development of new technolo- gies which challenges the value of existing systems, culminating in the development of breakthrough innovations. The emergence of Quantum Computing is set to make its presence within our world of computing, resulting in signifi- cantly changing our approach to designing services, products and applications. The development of Quantum Computing can be traced back to the theories which Scottish Scientist James Clerk Maxwell discovered, which created the foun- dations for quantum mechanics. Through the design of Quantum Computing, which introduces us to the Quantum Bit - also known as ‘Qubits’, this technology offers an


exponential increase in the number of dimensions it can process. Today, companies are now learning by doing through experimenting with real Quantum Computer Simula- tors offering the path to help us to solve many of today’s unsolvable problems,” says Alisdair Gunn, Director, Framewire


PERSON KATE FORBESMSP


Scotland has a huge challenge ahead to adapt to the fast- approaching era of AI/ML and automation. As the Scotland’s inau- gural Minister for Digital Economy, Kate Forbes is tasked with shifting thinking and policy towards creating a society and economy equipped for the technological chal-


22 | FUTURESCOT | WINTER 2018


lenges and opportunities ahead. Kate is an excellent appointment: at 28, she is a “tech native”, not to mention being smart, dynamic and ambitious for Scotland.


TECHNOLOGY DEEP LEARNING


‘With the advancements of ‘deep learning’, we are making significant progress on a number of complex problems that will help us under- stand the world we live in better. Deep learning has been around since the beginning of AI research, but with technology becoming more open-source, an abundance of freely available data, and a col- laborative approach to the field, we are able to do faster, more flexible deep learning on complex data


sets than ever before. Large neural networks and processing inspired by the human brain (with all it’s unpredictable connections), and the previously unforeseen comput- ing power available means that data scientists, developers and research- ers can truly change the world, one billion problems at a time,’ says FutureScot panelist Hilde Frydnes, Head of Product at Mallzee.


TECHNOLOGY IMMERSIVETECH


Immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been around for a relatively long time now, yet innovative re-appropriation of their application continues to occur. No longer confined to the gaming


PERSON


ALEXANDER HOLT


Alexander Holt leads the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme, which is supporting digital transformation in the public sector that will “deliver better value services and bring both economic and social benefit to Scotland”.


PERSON ASHLEY BAXTER


Ashley has bootstrapped Glasgow-based WithJack as a single founder and has grown the company to have thousands of customers in a slow-mov- ing, traditional industry - insurance. She is “very talented and driven and a gem in the Scottish ecosystem”, according to a FutureScot panelist.


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