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Friday, 20th January 2017

The head of a government-run policy institute said on Thursday that the country could completely eliminate the need for credit cards, debit cards and ATMs in the next three years by switching to biometric payments.

India could switch to biometric payments by 2020

The head of a government-run policy institute said on Thursday that the country could completely eliminate the need for credit cards, debit cards and ATMs in the next three years by switching to biometric payments. Amitabh Kant said that even electronic payment methods may be "totally redundant" by 2020.

Thursday, 19th January 2017

Brief summary: We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder.

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries | Jason Hickel

We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder.

Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Brief summary: What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

"Digital is coming and it's coming fast"; "No industry sector is immune to disruption"; "One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization"; "Digital will disrupt your industry.

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

"Digital is coming and it's coming fast"; "No industry sector is immune to disruption"; "One thing is certain about digital transformation: It will be a big change for your entire organization"; "Digital will disrupt your industry."

Tuesday, 17th January 2017

Brief summary: Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency last November, perhaps no issue has consumed America's political class more than the question of whether Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The White House, the FBI, and the rest of the intelligence community says it did, although the government has still not provided the public with the concrete evidence on which that conclusion is based.

Stealing Elections Is All in the Game

Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency last November, perhaps no issue has consumed America's political class more than the question of whether Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The White House, the FBI, and the rest of the intelligence community says it did, although the government has still not provided the public with the concrete evidence on which that conclusion is based.

Monday, 16th January 2017

Brief summary: Geringe Personalintensität: E-Auto wird Zehntausende Arbeitsplätze kosten. Der Hype um das E-Auto ist gross, obwohl die Verkaufszahlen klein sind. Vergessen wird oft, dass sich das E-Auto zum Job-Killer entwickeln dürfte. Untergangsstimmung wäre dennoch verfehlt. Die Geschichte der Autoproduktion ist auch eine Geschichte der Veränderungen.

Geringe Personalintensität: E-Auto wird Zehntausende Arbeitsplätze kosten

Der Hype um das E-Auto ist gross, obwohl die Verkaufszahlen klein sind. Vergessen wird oft, dass sich das E-Auto zum Job-Killer entwickeln dürfte. Untergangsstimmung wäre dennoch verfehlt. Die Geschichte der Autoproduktion ist auch eine Geschichte der Veränderungen.

Friday, 13th January 2017

Brief summary: The launch of Apple’s iPhone, announced 10 years ago this month, is a classic example of technology disrupting an industry. It ended Nokia’s dominance of the mobile phone market and created the first smartphone worthy of the name.

What Apple Can Teach Business About Disruption | Fortune.com

The maker of iPhones has been ahead of the game.

Thursday, 12th January 2017

Brief summary: Our world has undergone huge changes and been impacted by many incidents in the last hundred years. A retrospective view on the turning points of humanity with the aid of the 100 most influential images of all time.

TIME's 100 Most Influential Images of All Time

Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators. And watch our new series of original short documentaries that tell the surprising stories behind the pictures.

Wednesday, 11th January 2017

Brief summary: Companies selling the magical speed, omnipotence, and neutrality of artificial intelligence (AI) often can’t make good on their promises without keeping people in the loop, often working invisibly in the background. A closer look whether AI is truly artificial or not.

The Humans Working Behind the AI Curtain

Just how artificial is Artificial Intelligence? Facebook created a PR firestorm last summer when reporters discovered a human “editorial team” – rather than just unbiased algorithms – selecting stories for its trending topics section.

Tuesday, 10th January 2017

Brief summary: Tracking animals has helped us in the past with understanding nature. An ambitious project, ICARUS, launching in 2017, aims to track over 20,000 birds in the next two years. This could help us receive new insights into animal life and explain decade old questions.

The internet of wings

An ambitious project will start in 2017 designed to track from space the movement and behaviour of animals, large and small, anywhere they travel around the world. In June a Russian rocket will carry an array of sensitive dish antennae up to the International Space Station.

Monday, 9th January 2017

Brief summary: Silicon Valley has the squidgy worlds of biology and disease in its sights.

Will artificial intelligence help to crack biology?

IN A former leatherworks just off Euston Road in London, a hopeful firm is starting up. BenevolentAI's main room is large and open-plan. In it, scientists and coders sit busily on benches, plying their various trades. The firm's star, though, has a private, temperature-controlled office.

Friday, 6th January 2017

Brief summary: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism.

How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an "obscene act with a dead pig's head", according to the Daily Mail. "A distinguished Oxford contemporary claims Cameron once took part in an outrageous initiation ceremony at a Piers Gaveston event, involving a dead pig," the paper reported.

Thursday, 5th January 2017

Brief summary: Europas Hauptproblem ist, liesse sich zynisch sagen, dass es keinen Feind hat ausser sich selber. Nichts schweisst so zusammen wie ein Gegner, und die Europäische Gemeinschaft wurde denn auch gegründet, um sich vor der kommunistischen Bedrohung und der eigenen Kriegslust zu schützen.

Von der Krise zum Krieg? | Was 2017 bringt | Dezember 2016 | NZZ Folio

Europas Hauptproblem ist, liesse sich zynisch sagen, dass es keinen Feind hat ausser sich selber. Nichts schweisst so zusammen wie ein Gegner, und die Europäische Gemeinschaft wurde denn auch gegründet, um sich vor der kommunistischen Bedrohung und der eigenen Kriegslust zu schützen. Die...

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Brief summary: Airbnb has recently had to make regulatory concessions in markets around the world. Airbnb’s beneficial tax position is particularly pronounced in London because the UK imposes relatively high rates of property tax on businesses and value added tax on hotel stays, but allows generous tax exemptions for homeowners renting out rooms and for small businesses.

Airbnb faces $400m misplaced bookings in London crackdown | FX Forex Trading

Airbnb will miss out on greater than $400m value of bookings in London this yr because it enforces its new ninety-night time restrict for hosts there, in response to knowledge that underpins the rising value of regulatory compliance for the excessive-profile Silicon Valley begin-up.The analysis on the price to Airbnb from new laws implementing the annual restrict on brief-time period leases in London, its second-largest market, attracts on knowledge from AllTheRooms, an lodging search engine, and evaluation by the FT.

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

Brief summary: Brexit will fire the starting gun on a "decade of disruption" with the UK being hit by a perfect storm of economic uncertainty, an ageing population and volatile jobs market, a major report has concluded.

Brexit fires starting gun on decade of disruption, says report

Brexit will fire the starting gun on a "decade of disruption" with the UK being hit by a perfect storm of economic uncertainty, an ageing population and volatile jobs market, a major report has concluded. The Institute For Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank said the decision to leave the European Union had delivered a "profound shock" to Britain.

Wednesday, 21th December 2016

Brief summary: Humanitäre Absichten, Sicherheit, Populismus, Hass und Terror scheinen immer mehr zu kaum trennbaren Begriffen zu werden – zumindest im Rückblick auf die Ereignisse des vergangenen Jahres.

Anschlag in Berlin: Terror und Kontrollverlust

Nach dem Anschlag von Berlin beginnt die Debatte über die Unterlassungssünden der deutschen Terrorbekämpfung und die Risiken der Flüchtlingspolitik. Auf die Regierung kommen unangenehme Fragen zu. Nun ist eingetreten, was die Regierung in Berlin insgeheim befürchtete, worüber zu sprechen sie sich aber lange weigerte: dass sich die latente Gefahr eines Attentats mit vielen Opfern in blutige Wirklichkeit verwandelt; dass Terroristen dort zuschlagen, wo offene Gesellschaften am verletzlichsten sind, im Herzen ihrer Städte.

Tuesday, 20th December 2016

Brief summary: Früher war vielleicht nicht alles besser, aber doch ein bisschen einfacher. Am Kiosk gab es die druckfrische Zeitung des Vertrauens, ab acht die Tagesschau und für zwischendrin das Radio. Das Internet hat den Nachrichtenmarkt liberalisiert, aber auch undurchschaubarer gemacht. Die Fake News, zu deutsch falsche Nachrichten, rütteln an einem Eckpfeiler unserer Demokratie und unserem Verständnis, was wahr zu sein scheint.

Fake News in den sozialen Medien: Wahr ist, was war

Früher war vielleicht nicht alles besser, aber doch ein bisschen einfacher. Am Kiosk gab es die druckfrische Zeitung des Vertrauens, ab acht die Tagesschau und für zwischendrin das Radio. Das Internet hat den Nachrichtenmarkt liberalisiert, aber auch undurchschaubarer gemacht. Die Fake News, zu deutsch falsche Nachrichten, rütteln an einem Eckpfeiler unserer Demokratie und unserem Verständnis, was wahr zu sein scheint.

Monday, 19th December 2016

Brief summary: Data scientists continue to be in high demand, but companies are also scrambling to attract or develop “business translators” who can ask the data science team the right questions and apply the results to practical business problems.

Most Industries Are Nowhere Close to Realizing the Potential of Analytics

Back in 2011, the McKinsey Global Institute published a report on the transformational potential of big data-and it would take a supercomputer to process all of the articles that have appeared since then urging companies to get on board before some digital disruptor renders them obsolete.

Friday, 16th December 2016

Brief summary: Prof. Dr. Urs Fueglistaller ist bei seinem Themeninput verstärkt auf das Buch "The Tipping Point" von Malcom Gladwell eingegangen. In der folgenden Zusammenfassung bekommt Ihr vertiefte Einblicke in seine Theorie der "Law of the few", "The stickness factor" und "The power of context".

The Tipping Point Summary at WikiSummaries, free book summaries

By offering readers a groundbreaking analysis of how trends are sparked and take hold, Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point became an exemplification of the very processes he was describing. Upon its 2000 release, the book became a national bestseller whose influence would help to initiate paradigm shifts in fields ranging from marketing to public health.

Thursday, 15th December 2016

Brief summary: Evgeny Morozov, Leader of Tomorrow Alumni, argues: "Given that we are regularly confronted with equally valid choices where painful ethical reflection is in order, being inconsistent is the only way to avoid becoming a doctrinaire ideologue who sticks to an algorithm."

The Perils of Perfection

Even boredom seems to be in its last throes: designers in Japan have found a way to make our train trips perpetually fun-filled. With the help of an iPhone, a projector, a GPS module and Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor, their contrivance allows riders to add new objects to what they see "outside," thus enlivening the bleak landscape in their train windows.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Brief summary: Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Vorsitzender des Vorstands, Daimler AG und Leiter, Mercedes-Benz Cars, spricht Klartext zum Thema "Digitale Transformation: Jeder redet davon, aber wie gelingt sie?" - Es ist eines der Buzzwörter 2016. Doch viele Unternehmen tun sich mit dem Wandel noch sehr schwer.

Bremst Erfolg den Erfolg?

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Vorsitzender des Vorstands, Daimler AG und Leiter, Mercedes-Benz Cars, spricht Klartext zum Thema "Digitale Transformation: Jeder redet davon, aber wie gelingt sie?" - Es ist eines der Buzzwörter 2016. Doch viele Unternehmen tun sich mit dem Wandel noch sehr schwer.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016

Brief summary: The research exposes a suspicion, held by 45% of IT managers, that senior business leaders hold back technology for reasons of ‘self-preservation’, whereby they are reluctant to embrace new tech that will disrupt their own position or the status quo within their organisations.

Are senior business leaders holding back tech adoption?

New research suggests IT managers feel senior leaders in their organisations are holding back the adoption of new technology, even when it could have a positive impact on their business. The study, conducted on behalf of global cloud communications provider 8×8, by the Institute of Directors compared the views of mid-level 'hands on' IT managers with those of the senior directors across more than 260 UK businesses.

Monday, 12th December 2016

Brief summary: Dambisa Moyo: "A global policy that targeted an optimal migration level could capitalize on the pools of workers around the world who remain underutilized, in much the same way that global growth over the past 50 years was significantly fuelled by the expansion of the workforce".

Creating a global framework for immigration

Our best chance for future prosperity is taking a globally integrated approach to immigration, says international economist and author Dambisa Moyo. Human capital will be both a key source of challenge and of opportunity for enhancing the prospects for long-term global prosperity. Unfortunately, we don't treat it that way.

Friday, 9th December 2016

Brief summary: Rückblickend auf die kontroverse Debatte mit Roland Berger über Altersdiskriminierung bei politischen Entscheidungen, bietet dieser Artikel Einblicke über ähnliche Ansätze, die bereits auf höchster politischer Ebene diskutiert werden.

Rente: CDU-Wirtschaftsrat fordert höheres Renteneintrittsalter

Das Renteneintrittsalter solle an die Lebenserwartung geknüpft werden, um einen "Kollaps" zu verhindern. Gewerkschaften und SPD warnen vor einem solchen Schritt. Das Eintrittsalter in die Rente soll laut CDU-Wirtschaftsrat erhöht werden. Dies teilte der Generalsekretär der Vereinigung, Wolfgang Steiger, noch vor Beginn des Parteitages mit.

Thursday, 8th December 2016

Brief summary: "We need better systems for buffering people against disruption, even as we recognize that disruption is inevitable. The alternative is to end up with the worst of both worlds, in which a closed and collapsing system of global trade breeds even more inequality."

The Dangers of Disruption

Yet statistics like these do not reflect the lived experience of many people. The shift of manufacturing from the West to low labor-cost regions has meant that Asia's rising middle classes have grown at the expense of rich countries' working-class communities.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016

Brief summary: "They [Wal-Mart] are setting the new standards in terms of how technology can be implemented to solve a problem that’s been with us for ages."

Wal-Mart Tackles Food Safety With Trial of Blockchain

One product in U.S., a second in China are part of trial Receipts can reveal reams of data on product origins, handling If you shop at Wal-Mart, you might be buying packaged produce unlike any ever sold in a U.S. store.

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

Brief summary: Managing an economy’s money is among the most important tasks of the government. Clumsy use of monetary instruments comes with high risk. John Maynard Keynes, an economist, was echoing Lenin when he wrote in 1919: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency.” Trust is fragile, and precious.

The dire consequences of India's demonetisation initiative

SUPPOSE that one day the government of a large and fast-growing economy became convinced that its highest priority was to purge the country of black-economy millionaires hoarding piles of illicit cash. Seeking popular approval, it sent the printing presses into overdrive, hoping to inflate away the value of these secret piles of wealth.

Monday, 5th December 2016

Brief summary: We look back on a weekend full of important happenings to shift Europe’s politics. Get updated by reading the following summary.

Italian referendum and Austrian presidential election - live

Join us for coverage of crucial polls which may decide the fate of both a far-right presidential candidate and the Italian PM

Thursday, 1st December 2016

Brief summary: Der Liberalismus bedarf der Aufgeschlossenheit. Statt sich abzuschotten, gilt es auch mit weltanschaulich anderweitig beheimateten klugen Köpfen das ernsthafte Gespräch zu suchen.

Liberalismus ohne Scheuklappen: Raus aus den ideologischen Echokammern!

Der Liberalismus bedarf der Aufgeschlossenheit. Statt sich abzuschotten, gilt es auch mit weltanschaulich anderweitig beheimateten klugen Köpfen das ernsthafte Gespräch zu suchen. Vor fast achtzig Jahren klagte Walter Lippmann in seinem Buch "The Good Society" über das "Debakel des Liberalismus". Er geisselte die "Dekadenz" einer politischen Philosophie, die "vor Irrtümern strotzt".

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Brief summary: Without the right supply chain for both the OEM and the online retailer, e-commerce growth can create more risk than reward

Examining the Risky Business of E-Commerce

Tuesday, 29th November 2016

Brief summary: 'Disruption' is one of those flavour-of-the-month words currently used to spice up speeches and presentations. But the automotive industry would be wrong to think we can sit this one out, waiting for the next à la mode term to replace it

"OEMs take disruption seriously - so should you"

Monday, 28th November 2016

Brief summary: Entrepreneurs can play a key role in realising the benefits of disruption. Majority of entrepreneurs do well in business by challenging the status quo, writes Sugan Palanee

Friday, 25th November 2016

Brief summary: Turn your attention to Paris as the election of the presidential nominee for the mid-right party takes place on Sunday. France's presidential contenders were scrambling Monday to make sense of the magnitude of dark horse François Fillon's victory in the first round of the conservative Les Républicains' party primary. While the center Right was contemplating its possible demise, the center Left - so far represented by former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron - hoped to appeal to voters repulsed by Fillon's hard-line social and cultural policies.

La disruption in France: Right hardens, Center sinks, Left laments

Thursday, 24th November 2016

Brief summary: What is artificial intelligence (AI), and how can it be applied to marketing? Columnist Sean Zinsmeister explains how AI manifests itself in the marketing and analytics realm to interpret data, produce insights and streamline workflows.

When AI and analytics drive business disruption vs. hype

Wednesday, 23nd November 2016

Brief summary: Probably few people on this planet are in a better position than Mr. Barton to talk about disruption, not only because McKinsey is known for offering advices to clients searching answers for future challenges, but also because of who he is

Dominic Barton on Disruption and Leadership

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Tuesday, 22nd November 2016

Brief summary: Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen has written for years about why companies and industries fail. But in a new book released Tuesday, the veteran innovation guru writes about how companies can succeed - or grow new products and services.

What this Harvard innovation guru thinks can protect companies from disruption

Monday, 21st November 2016

Brief summary: If you needed any clarification that Artificial Intelligence is on everyone's mind, you need only tune into HBO's new buzzed-about series Westworld. But AI is quickly making its move from the futuristic and fictional to the realm of reality with many practical AI tools already available today. Obviously AI is not only technological groundbreaking but might endanger our multifaceted society greatly.

From Emails to Health: AI is Disrupting These Industries

Saturday, 19th November 2016

Brief summary: Social, Economic and Industrial Disruption Is Occurring Everywhere - The internet of things (IoT) and the move to embrace digitalization are spurring rapid transformation and disruption in almost every industry. These trends generate data that support unparalleled insight and the development of new applications that are fundamentally changing the way people live, work, communicate, socialize, and consume goods and services.

IoT, Cities, and Public-Private Partnerships: How We Can Make Disruption Into an Opportunity | The Business Debate

Friday, 18th November 2016

Brief summary: Our education system as we know it today was developed a few centuries ago. But our world today brings challenges that are not thorougly taken into account. In Switzerland there are discussions taking place on wether programming and other extended computer skills should be included in the course schedules. But are courses like programming sufficient to prepare the youth to cope with future challenges?

Education Is Ripe for Disruption

Education is ripe for disruptive change leading to innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for our students. What might have worked in the past will not necessarily have the same impact today, as the world has changed dramatically in a short period of time.

Thursday, 17th November 2016

Brief summary: Today's article gives a short overview over the "Five Stages Of Tech Disruption". The article covers well-known examples like Kodak and Uber, and tries to bring them in order. As in general the development of technology moves at a faster pace than ever before, and this has a great effect on the adoption curve.

The Five Stages Of Tech Disruption - Disruption

The Kodak Moment Most people already know how Kodak was way too slow to recognise the camera market's rapid switch to digital. The fatal blow to Kodak was the rapid wholesale destruction of its consumables business - film. Losing ground on camera sales certainly hastened the end but it was the collapse of film and processing that did it in.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Brief summary: Let’s take a look at the general insurance industry. Typical insurance companies have very low interactions with their clients and offer therefore low-touch products. But now the time has come for disruptive start-ups to arouse the big players. New market players focus on customer experience and value generation for their clients. Read below why peer-to-peer insurances could become the real standout and how clear benefits for customers could be achieved.

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Tuesday, 15th November 2016

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