Interview with Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg, Futurologist, Keynote Speaker, Thought Leader, Author

Anabel is widely recognized as a leading figure in the fields of future, sustainability, and technology trends. Forbes has hailed her as a "Superwoman," and Handelsblatt has identified her as a "Role Model," listing her among the "Thought Leaders and Visionaries." Anabel has graciously agreed to answer our interview questions. Read more about Anabel here, and don't miss her keynote on Future, Sustainability, and Technology Trends on June 26th at 12:15 PM on the Main Stage.

What has, so far in 2024, been the biggest surprise to you in technology?

In 2024, the biggest surprise to me in technology has been the unprecedented advancements in quantum computing. IBM unveiled their latest quantum processor, Condor, with an astonishing 1,121 qubits. This leap forward has dramatically reduced the time required to solve complex problems, which traditional computers would take thousands of years to solve. This breakthrough is not only set to revolutionize fields such as cryptography, drug discovery, and materials science but also signifies a pivotal moment where theoretical quantum advantages are becoming practical realities.

What do you expect will be announced in 2024, and by whom?

In 2024, I expect that Apple will announce their first augmented reality (AR) glasses, which have been long anticipated by both consumers and industry experts. Leveraging their ARKit and recent acquisitions in the AR space, Apple's AR glasses are predicted to integrate seamlessly with the Apple ecosystem, offering immersive experiences that blend digital information with the physical world. This innovation is expected to revolutionize how we interact with technology, making AR a mainstream tool for everyday use.

Which five companies should we watch in 2024, and why?

1. Tesla: Tesla continues to push the boundaries of electric vehicles and sustainable energy solutions. In 2024, their advancements in autonomous driving technology and the expansion of their energy products, such as the Powerwall and Solar Roof, are set to further solidify their market leadership and drive significant growth.

2. NVIDIA: As a leader in graphics processing units (GPUs) and artificial intelligence (AI) hardware, NVIDIA's innovations are critical for the future of AI and machine learning. Their new Grace Hopper Superchip, designed for high-performance AI and computing tasks, is expected to have a significant impact on data centers and AI applications.

3. SpaceX: SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, continues to make strides in space exploration and satellite internet services with its Starlink project. The upcoming missions to Mars and the deployment of thousands of additional Starlink satellites to improve global internet coverage make SpaceX a company to watch closely.

4. Moderna: In the biotech sector, Moderna is a standout due to its mRNA technology platform. Beyond COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna is expected to announce new mRNA-based treatments and vaccines for various diseases, showcasing the versatility and potential of their technology.

5. Zoom Video Communications: Zoom has become synonymous with remote communication. In 2024, they are expanding their platform with new features aimed at hybrid work environments, enhancing virtual collaboration tools, and integrating AI to improve meeting experiences. Their continued innovation in the communication space makes them a key player to watch.

What do do know about Luxembourg? 

Luxembourg, despite its small size, is a powerhouse in Europe and offers a fascinating blend of history, culture, and modernity. Here are some intriguing aspects of this remarkable country:

1. Economic Strength: Luxembourg is one of the wealthiest countries in the world by GDP per capita. It has a robust financial sector, hosting numerous banks and investment funds, making it a global financial hub.

2. Multilingual Society: Luxembourg is a trilingual country, with Luxembourgish, French, and German all being official languages. This linguistic diversity is a reflection of its rich cultural tapestry and its integration into the broader European community.

3. European Union Role: Luxembourg is one of the founding members of the European Union and hosts several key EU institutions, including the European Court of Justice and the European Investment Bank. This positions Luxembourg at the heart of European politics and governance.

4. Innovative Initiatives: Luxembourg is at the forefront of innovation, particularly in the space sector. The government has launched the Luxembourg Space Agency and the initiative, aiming to become a leader in space mining and exploration.

5. Sustainable Development: Luxembourg is committed to sustainability and green growth. The country has implemented various initiatives to promote renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance public transportation.

6. High Quality of Life: Residents of Luxembourg enjoy a high quality of life, with excellent healthcare, education, and social services. The country consistently ranks high in global quality of life indices.

7. Cultural Richness: Luxembourg boasts a rich cultural heritage, with a plethora of museums, theaters, and historic sites. The capital city, Luxembourg City, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its fortified medieval old town perched on dramatic cliffs.