Volkswagen wants to use quantum computers to optimize traffic

If you’ve ever had your bus show up later than scheduled, here’s a welcome development for you. Volkswagen, with the help of D-Wave, has tapped the power of quantum computing to develop a traffic management system that can better process transport information and improve the performance of fleet services like taxis and public buses.


For now, Volkswagen’s quantum computing solution is more concept than reality. The company presented the project at the WebSummit in Lisbon and is positioning it as a commercial venture that could be sold to cities. Volkswagen said it wants to test the algorithm in Barcelona — where there is already an adequate database of traffic information available — before rolling it out elsewhere, but it can theoretically be scaled to a city of any size.

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WHAT THE BOSTON SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE CAN TEACH US ABOUT AI

When the Boston public school system announced new start times last December, some parents found the schedules unacceptable and pushed back…
The lessons learned from Boston’s effort to use technology to improve its bus routing system and start times provides a valuable lesson in understanding how to ensure that such tools aren’t used to reinforce and increase biased and unfair policies. They can absolutely make systems more equitable and fair, but they won’t succeed without our help.

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6 Reason for People to Resist by Roger Halbheer

There are only 6 reasons, why people resist, and they can be summarized by FFUUEE…
An interesting model to look at and think about yourself – when are you resisting to do something?

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What Carl Sagan has to do with regulating blockchain smart contracts

If policymakers seem flummoxed by the rise of cryptocurrencies, wait until they get to smart contracts. Just ask Brian Quintenz, commissioner for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. At a conference in Dubai this week, Quintenz expressed a sense of awe at the vast unknown that blockchain-based computer programs have created for his agency.

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European Business Review Magazine October 2018

The brand new issue (October 2018) of the “European Business Review” (EBR) magazine, having as cover theme what has (and hasn’t change) a decade after the global financial crisis.
The current edition includes a report on what made 2018 a landmark year for Media Industry as well as N. Peter Kramer’s editorial about… the peculiar world of Christian-Democrats. PLUS, articles covering a variety of frontline topics such as “Time to ask the Eurosceptics what they would suggest”, “Macron, the end of a myth?”, “Can we tax our way out of the plastic pollution crisis?”, “How to coach a CEO” among others – online at

https://issuu.com/ebreview/docs/ebr_03_2018_online

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In memory of Paul Allen – His quote on January 1977

“I expect the personal computer to become the kind of thing that people carry with them, a companion that takes notes, does accounting, gives reminders, handles a thousand personal tasks.”

PAUL ALLEN, JANUARY 1977

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In memory of Paul Allen with his own words

The event that started everything for us business-wise was when I found an article in a 1971 electronics magazine about Intel’s 4004 chip, which was the world’s first microprocessor…
This was before Bill and l, ever started Microsoft.
We had a company called Traf-O-Data, and we were working on an Intel 8008-based system for processing traffic flow information.

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