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Evolving as a modern e-state: A new age of government

At the beginning of this new decade, what kind of future governments will evolve given the power of new digital technologies and data now flooding our society? Governments everywhere face similar challenges. In a globalized economy, they must safeguard national security and the rule of law while stretching precious resources to meet the needs of growing populations amidst a widening wealth gap and…

Evolving as a modern e-state: Absolute e-states and data sovereignty

In today’s fast-changing world, while most governments acknowledge they must transform public services using digital technologies, many do not have a clear vision of what kind of digital nation – or ‘e-state’ – they want to be, and for what reason (other than reducing cost and striving for greater efficiency). As I’ve written in some of my blogs, I believe these countries…

Evolving as a modern e-state : could governments become obsolete ?

As well as the unicorns who have introduced us to taxi, delivery and retail services we’ve never seen before, there’s been a revolution in the financial services sector that means we can now make payments without needing traditional banks. With FinTechs, we’re seeing new market entrants who can offer such speed and razor-sharp services that their traditional rivals are rapidly re-inventing themselves…

Evolving as a modern e-state : why reinvent government services

While love might not be part of the equation, states do have long-term relationships with their citizens. It’s a kind of contract: in exchange for security, order and efficient everyday services, the citizen pays taxes and abides by the law. In the digital age, one might expect governments to deliver efficient and effective services online; after all, it’s in the contract!  Yet often,…

Evolving as a modern e-state : the essential paradigm shift

Since the agricultural revolution, people have organized themselves into communities to grow crops, create wealth, make laws and settle disputes. Over time, public administrations evolved to maintain the rule of law; these created huge bureaucracies and tightly controlled procedures to keep updated registers and archives about their citizens. Not only that, they continually checked each citizen’s status to ensure that their records were…

Obsolete and absolute e-states

All over the world, governments are under increasing pressure to accelerate their transformation into modern ‘e-states’ to achieve their goals. Whether to save taxpayers’ money, safeguard national security, implement new policies, or deliver cheaper, better, faster public services, governments everywhere need to harness the power, speed and agility of digital technologies and ever-growing volumes of data. At the same time, the socio-political climate is evolving fast: following the era of liberal capitalism,…

Tech a minute video: The impact of Quantum technology on healthcare

Posted on: 4 December 2019On average, researchers spend 12 years working out which drugs are most effective in fighting disease. This process can be significantly shortened with quantum computers that have enough computational power to actually envision all possible outcomes. So, beside faster drug research what other benefits can we expect from quantum computing on healthcare? That’s the question we asked our expert, Philippe Duluc,…

A quantum approach to statistics

Imagine you are playing the finale of a quiz which has three doors. Behind one door is a new Model X Tesla which you greatly desire. Behind the two other doors there are goats, and you do not particularly like goats. The quizmaster only speaks the truth and asks you to pick one of the doors. You pick one door, and the quizmaster subsequently points to one of the two remaining doors…

A quantum leap for healthcare

With recent advances in data and analytics, automation and artificial intelligence, the capacity even of today’s most advanced supercomputers will start to reach its limits. The good news is that a new computing power is emerging that will bring remarkable changes to many sectors, including healthcare. Quantum computing is opening up possibilities that will transform the way in which human beings process information by offering vast improvements over traditional computing in computation…

How quantum can provide the pot of gold in an ever-growing maze

It was always one of the greatest challenges as a little kid: finding your way out of a maze. Every time an attempt took me longer than I wanted, I wished for a simulator of some kind that could help me find the exit sooner. Now, imagine yourself being in a maze with a simulator that could walk the different…

Quantum computing in Financial Services, worry or be happy?

In December 2014, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) became one of the first commercial organizations, to invest significantly in Quantum Computing. This was long before the large American companies Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and Google, made the topic popular. In April 2017, they increased this amount with an additional 14$ million on top of the original 5$ million. In November 2017, Allianz and RBS joined the…

The Quantum Gap

For those versed in quantum technology, I don’t mean a bandgap when I say ‘the quantum gap’ – though it would have been an excellent metaphor as this gap is also the difference between isolation and flow. By ‘quantum gap’ I mean the current gap between quantum hardware and quantum software capabilities. These ‘quanta-ware*,’ as we like to call them at Atos, are presently developing at different speeds and almost completely separately from one another,…