Asia Tech x Singapore 2024: A Glimpse into Tomorrow’s Tech

Author photo: Fox Chen
ByFox Chen
Technology Trends

The Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) event, which took place over three days starting on 29th May at Singapore EXPO, presented an optimistic outlook at the technological progress within Asia. It was an opportunity for experts and innovators worldwide to share insights and developments.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a common topic in tech circles. The Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) event included a dedicated AI Summit at a venue separate from the main technology exhibition hall. The summit offered a dedicated space for in-depth AI discussions, adding to the breadth of the event’s content. Although AI was a still a prominent aspect found in various corners of the exhibition hall, the arrangement did not overshadow the array of other technologies showcased by exhibitors:

Robotics: Advancing Smart City Ambitions

Asia Tech x Singapore

Alibaba has already set a precedent in China with its autonomous robots for last-mile delivery, and now Singapore is taking steps to adopt these robotic technologies to improve its logistics network and advance its smart city vision. Quikbot, a Singapore-based company, is contributing to this effort with its Platform-as-a-Service for final-mile delivery, currently being piloted at Hive 2.0, the new high-tech retail hub at Esplanade Xchange. This service offers consumers the convenience of purchasing a variety of items from a nearby 7-Eleven convenient outlet, including meals, beverages, and snacks.

Singapore’s Quantum Technology Initiative: the next thing after AI?

During the event, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed plans for Singapore to allocate an additional $300 million towards quantum technology research in the coming five years. This funding is an extension of the National Quantum Strategy (NQS), building on the S$400 million already invested over the previous two decades.

The momentum in quantum technology is already tangible. Last year, at the same event, Mr. Heng announced the NQSN+, designed to establish quantum-safe communications throughout Singapore. Two proposals have been accepted to further develop the NQSN+: one involving Singtel in partnership with ID Quantique (IDQ), and another joint effort between SPTel and SpeQtral, a Singapore based start-up. To implement this project in the next several years, SpeQtral will leverage Toshiba’s leading fibre-based Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and Quantum Key Management System (Q-KMS) product suite. At the event, Kentaro Taira from Toshiba Digital Solutions’ QKD Business Promotion Department, along with Robert Bedington, Co-founder and CTO of SpeQtral, further provided insights into quantum computing’s benefits and its impact on digital security during a presentation.

In another presentation, Dimitrios Angelakis, Professor of Quantum Physics and Founder of AngelQ Quantum Computing, shed how powerful quantum computing can be applied in other challenging real world optimization problems, such as LNG supply chain route optimization and for optimizing EV charging station planning. Presently, major leaders such as Exxon Mobile and BP have started exploring quantum applications in energy strategies, operations and reducing carbon emission, in partnership with IBM.

The event was a significant marker of the technological advancements being made, with a particular emphasis on AI, quantum computing, and robotics. It has been a different experience from the previous year, and we can expect to see more technological developments in the year ahead.

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