Wise words and waggishness… May 2024

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

Marc Ambasna-Jones
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, Smart Internet Lab,

“Instead of talking about speed, let’s talk about availability and reliability rates. When we are talking about security, let’s also talk about privacy and trust. And actually, let’s focus on how we can deliver sustainability, against energy consumption of our sector but also on the sectors that we are supporting. So the KPI discussion needs to change from actual performance to values.”

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, co-director of Bristol Digital Futures Institute and director at Smart Internet Lab in Bristol on how to measure development and progress in 6G. From our article: Has 5G done enough to enable a 6G future?


A headshot of Dr Pete Shadbolt.

“It was essentially under duress. It was the 90s, and I asked my mum and dad for a Nintendo. And they said, ‘No. You can have a 486 desktop IBM and a copy of Turbo Pascal. And then you can make your own bloody video games.’ And that was how it all began.”

PsiQuantum co-founder Dr Pete Shadbolt on how he first got into mathematics and programming. From our article: Keep Talking… With Pete Shadbolt of PsiQuantum


“These are countries where there is a lot of science and many academic quantum labs, as well as start-up ecosystems and big industrial groups that are taking an interest in the topic.”

Quantonation founder Olivier Tonneau talking to Sifted about why the fund is now focusing on quantum start-ups in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Australia.


A headshot of Dr Lesley Holt

“Combating issues around the isolation of innovative tech – whether this is AI or alternative ways of delivering advanced connectivity – requires the tech and telecoms industry to collaborate with local and regional authorities. Working together, industry and government must take the time to understand the issues with isolating innovation and in turn open routes to make it easier to take advantage of telecoms services and solutions across the whole of the UK.”

Lesley Holt, UKTIN Lead for Skills & Regionality responding to the Institute for the Future of Work’s Disruption Index, which finds that there are “growing regional disparities” in tech R&D and patent VC funding in the UK. [Comment received via email]


“Doing something that is 97% better than the status quo is still better than waiting five years until hydrogen becomes affordable and acceptable mainstream. This is bridging the gap.”

Sabin Nair, founder of Origin 21, talking about a cell that can lead to savings of up to 50% on fuels such as liquid petroleum gas and 99% on the carbon dioxide emitted. From our upcoming article: Can “green” hydrogen production reach the scales and costs needed for net zero?


“The potential of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier is immense, but it must be produced efficiently to minimise costs, and we need to deploy it judiciously. To maximise its impact, which is paramount, green hydrogen should be channelled into sectors where alternatives to fossil fuels are limited, ensuring the greatest reduction in greenhouse gases.”

Mika Kulju, President of Danfoss Power Electronics and Drives, talking in H2 View about the findings in its report, Green Hydrogen: A Critical Balancing Act, which identified that hydrogen is set to consume over half of today’s electricity demand by 2050, meaning hydrogen production should be recognised as a limited resource

Marc Ambasna-Jones
Marc Ambasna-Jones / Editor-in-chief

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.