Wise words and waggishness… July 2024

A selection of notable quotes and comments we’ve come across this month

Marc Ambasna-Jones

“Welcome to ‘Quantumhagen’”

Maria Genckel, chief marketing officer at Sparrow Quantum talking about investment and the growing number of quantum companies in the Danish capital. From our article Economist Impact’s Commercialising Quantum event: top five(ish) takeaways


“I’m not really an academic. In fact, I’ve rubbed some academics up the wrong way. I have no interest in the fundamental origins of the universe but I love the application of physics, seeing it being used in products that people need.”

Richard Murray, co-founder and CEO of ORCA Computing, on starting and growing a quantum computing business. From our article How to grow a quantum start-up


“In terms of the area of applications that will need quantum computing, alongside that classical computing infrastructure, it can fall into numerous groupings, including the likes of energy system optimisation, grid management, carbon capture and storage, as well as advanced materials discovery.”

Zoë Reich, general partner at Octopus Energy Generation, talking at the Economist Impact Commercialising Quantum event in London. From our article Economist Impact’s Commercialising Quantum event: top five(ish) takeaways


“Leveraging resources and tapping into diverse knowledge pools internationally, particularly in the context of technologies such as 5G and 6G, can accelerate the development of RD&I globally.”

Jon Hunt, a UKTIN project board member and Executive Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Bristol. From our article Why collaboration is key to driving investment in telecoms R&D


“While deep technical knowledge is crucial, particularly with quantum computing, we also need individuals with legal, commercial, and ethical skillsets to effectively engage in technology foresight and eventually, enable governance.”

Mira Pijselman, digital ethics lead at EY, talking to IT Pro about a new quantum computing whitepaper from EY and the University of Oxford.


“We’re really approaching a very important milestone for post-quantum cryptography, which is around the standardisation of the first NIST algorithms. And we see that as a really important milestone. But it’s really just the beginning when we think about how those algorithms are actually going to be implemented by enterprises and in the telecommunication world.”

Lory Thorpe, senior strategy consultant, IBM Quantum, on post-quantum cryptography. From our article Post-quantum security: a future threat that needs addressing now

“Living skin can bring a range of new abilities to robots. Self-healing is a big deal – some chemical-based materials can be made to heal themselves, but they require triggers such as heat, pressure or other signals, and they also do not proliferate like cells. Biological skin repairs minor lacerations as ours does, and nerves and other skin organs can be added for use in sensing.”

Shoji Takeuchi, a professor at the University of Tokyo, talking to The Independent about grafting engineered skin tissue onto a robot. Photograph © TOMOKO OTAKE

Marc Ambasna-Jones
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Working as a technology journalist and writer since 1989, Marc has written for a wide range of titles on technology, business, education, politics and sustainability, with work appearing in The Guardian, The Register, New Statesman, Computer Weekly and many more.