2020 Disruptive Technologies: the Trends of Tomorrow

Written by Margaux Dubois on May 23rd, 2016

Digital disruption is changing the entire business environment all over the world. Used to describe innovation that improve a product or a service in ways that the market does not expect, the term disruptive is now widely common. During the conference “2020 Disruptive Technologies”, international experts gathered to talk about the trends of tomorrow, innovative apps, artificial intelligence and cloud.


The afternoon session started with a panel session that brought together Olivier Lemaire, Partner-EMEIA Telecom Leader, EY ; Taïg Khris, Founder & CEO, Onoff & Three times world ramp skating Champion ; Gilles Babinet, French Digital Champion, European Commission ; Neil Ward, CEO & Founder, NWA Digital, Formerly COO Skype ; Andras Somkuti, President and Chairman of the Board, Docler Holding Luxembourg. During their discussion about the trends of tomorrow, Olivier Lemaire stated that “we are moving towards a smart, connected and mobile world, driven by disruptive technologies”. The panellists covered five trends: the acceleration of the pace of innovation, the change in business models due to the impact of digitalization (e.g. everything as a Service, new security issues), the rise of new industry specific solutions (connected car, connected healthcare, smart home), technology that creates new demands (consumers don’t want to own goods anymore, they want to have access to products and services) and the new wave of data exploitation (big data, data mining, data analytics).

According to Cyrille Bataller, Managing Director – Emerging Technology, Accenture, artificial intelligence is “the most disruptive emerging technology on the horizon”. In his presentation entitled “Coming of Age of Artificial Intelligence”, he emphasized that artificial intelligence enables machines to interact with their environment, people and data: “these systems create more intuitive interactions and extend the capabilities of what either human or machine can do on their own”. He also focused on the benefits of Robotic Automotion: “it permits to, in particular, reduce transactional errors, help to provide higher productivity benefits, and reduce cost”.

Loic Bertin, VP Marketing Group, DATA 4, and Paul Benoit, CEO and founder, Qarnot Computing, explained, during a presentation entitled “Data Center 2020 empowering Big Data, the Cloud and the IoT industries”, that the two companies joined their forces to create a high-performance computing system. Qarnot has developed a computing radiator whose heat source consists of computing microprocessors which are embedded inside the device. These microprocessors provide numerous companies that use simulation or digital animation with computing power in cloud mode. The heat that they create as they operate allows houses and buildings to be heated for free in a greener way. Thanks to the partnership with DATA4, European data center specialist, Qarnot will offer its clients network and storage services in DATA4’s secured data centers. “This system reduces by 75% the carbon footprint of IT calculations, but also the CAPEX and the OPEX. Now, we heat more than 400 people for two years, for free, mainly in France” underlined Paul Benoit.

“We think digital revolution is mostly social networks or smartphones. But it’s much more than that. The revolution we live now is called Anthropocene; it means that there is a complete change of the ecosystem in which we live” explained Gilles Babinet, French Digital Champion, European Commission. During his presentation, “A new Era for Humanity, Digital Age and Anthropocene”, he pointed out that we live in an exceptional time, thanks to the digital, and that, as a result, we are hundred thousand times richer than the people who lived centuries ago : “we are going through what I would call a productivity game to an opportunity game. Until recently, it was up to machines, to productivity, to make out the world. Now, this is a new era, everything comes by telecommunications”. Gilles Babinet also emphasized that, thanks to computers’ prices that decreased more and more, we expect all the population for all around the world to be connected to internet by around 2022.


Taïg Khris came to Luxembourg to talk about his start-up. The Frenchman is a three-time world ramp skating champion who turned entrepreneur and had an ambition: “I wanted to make my sport popular. This is why I decided to jump from the Eiffel Tower”. After explaining all the difficulties he encountered during the organisation of the event and the fear he had just before jumping from the Parisian monument, he brought us 3 years in the past. “I broke my leg and I needed a new Eiffel Tower. But this time, something more serious. This is the reason why I created my start-up and chose the telecommunications industry”. As a result, Taïg Khris and his team developed the application called On Off, which tends to revolutionize the mobile world by creating the first smartphone operating system that is accessible from any phone or computer, anywhere on the planet.

The conference ended with a keynote speech given by , Vice President, Made In Space, and entitled “3D Printing in Zero”.  Made in Space, founded in 2010, has developed a manufacturing technology to be used in the space environment. Matthew Napoli explained that manufacturing in Space is a great opportunity: “it is a fast and inexpensive way to manufacture parts on-site and on-demand. This is also a huge benefit if we want to realize long-term missions”. As the first 3D printer arrived on the International Space Station in September 2014, Matthew Napoli added that the printer works there normally: “Some tools it produced came back to Earth. They are exactly the same”.

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