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Fujitsu wants to make the world a better place and believes technology is the way to do it. Fujitsu technology, of course.

The Japanese multinational set out its vision – outlining an automated, converged world, with AI to support decision-making – for the next decade or so at its online ActivateNow: Technology Summit. Fujitsu also explained how it believes the technology will help address various global challenges, including climate change, biodiversity, inequality and (in developed countries) aging populations.

Delivering the keynote, CTO Vivek Mahajan said that Fujitsu believes it is its responsibility as a technology company to solve global problems and sees technology as essential to solving those problems. “The potential for innovation to have a positive impact is huge,” he said.

Mahajan predicted that the current decade will usher in a world of vast computing resources through advances in conventional and quantum processing technology, and everyone will be seamlessly connected. It will also be an automated world, with AI to support decision-making, and a converged world where technology should “enhance people’s lives in ways that feel natural and add value.”

Hirotaka Hara, Fujitsu’s Representative Director and Head of Fujitsu Research, said he has established “a clear vision for the future to about 2030”, and that this will shape the strategy and actions to be taken today, the activities of Fujitsu Research being determined. by this process.

He highlighted two “visions for innovation” – the transformation of discovery and the convergence of digital technology with the humanities and social sciences, which are necessary because the world needs a new strategy to accelerate discovery. new solutions to challenges such as CO reduction2 emissions and human well-being.

To solve this problem, Fujitsu is working to deliver significant advances in computing power by integrating quantum computing with traditional HPC technology, according to Hirotaka. He added that quantum technology will be able to handle “exponentially larger data sets” and new problems, and believes the technology will be widely available by 2030.

Hirotaka said Fujitsu is developing its own quantum technology, and since the company is already one of the supercomputing players with its Arm-based Fugaku system, it has strong credentials when it claims to be working to combine the two technologies.

Successful integration should lead to a “new computational paradigm” that will reduce the time needed for major discoveries, especially in areas such as drug discovery, through the ability to run simulations at higher speeds, said Fujitsu.

Like most other big tech companies, Fujitsu also sees AI as a key technology, especially for areas like scientific discovery, as AI is able to infer relationships in complex data. However, Fujitsu said it was important to use explainable AI techniques such as its Deep Tensor technology so that researchers can understand how the AI ​​produced its results.

One of the areas highlighted by Fujitsu is the search for cancer cures, the application of AI to cancer, and genetic analysis to pave the way for personalized treatment. Explainable AI may be able to identify the cause of specific cancers and allow doctors to understand them.

But what about concerns that technology like AI could replace humans and put them out of work? Fujitsu has acknowledged this, but says it “puts people at the center of everything” and that innovation is driven by people, so the role of technology is to complement people and help them achieve results faster.

Beyond that, the company claimed that technology can actually be used to address complex social challenges by converging data-driven intelligence with human insight. This laudable goal apparently involves the development of “social digital twin” technology, combining the digital world and the behavioral sciences.

According to Yoshikuni Takashige, head of Fujitsu’s technology strategy unit, this is supposed to allow city officials to rehearse how policies designed to solve various problems will change human behaviors and develop consensus-based decisions.

“A big challenge for policymakers is how to explain the future impact of programs to businesses and citizens, Digital Twin technology can help all stakeholders understand where we are today and what will happen if we’re not changing behaviors,” he said.

Fujitsu’s digital twin approach uses very high-throughput data processing technology, using a model it has already developed called Dracena, which apparently stands for the word salad Dynamically-Reconfigurable Asynchronous Consistent EveNt processing Architecture.

If this all seems a bit tricky, it might be because Fujitsu thinks we’re going through a period of upheaval, and as Yoshikuni said, we “live in an uncertain world” and “technology can empower people to drive the actions we need to take now.” Don’t mention the Post Office Horizon scandal. ®