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Post liebäugelt mit Beteiligung an Volksbanken

Posted by hkarner - 31. März 2018

Genau, so schaut ein genossenschaftliches Banken-Modell aus. Aber vielleicht wird die Post AG zur Genossenschaft! (hfk)

Renate Graber, 31. März 2018, 09:00, derstandard.at

Auf die Scheidung zwischen Post und Bawag könnte eine Hochzeit folgen. Die Post könnte sich am Volksbankensektor beteiligen: mit mehr als 30 Prozent

Wien – Die Bawag PSK hat sich von der Österreichischen Post AG getrennt und zieht aus den Postfilialen aus. Von den rund 320 beamteten Postlern, die als Finanzberater an den Bawag-Schaltern der Postämter gearbeitet haben, hat die Bank schon rund 140 zurückgeschickt. Für die pensionsfähigen unter ihnen wird an einem Sozialplan gebastelt, die jüngeren sollen umgeschult und in den Postbetrieb eingegliedert werden. Parallel dazu sucht die teilstaatliche, börsennotierte Post (knapp 53 Prozent hält die Öbib) nun dringend nach einem neuen Bankpartner – und könnte diesmal in einer echten Ehe landen, und zwar mit den österreichischen Volksbanken, konkret der Volksbank (VB) Wien AG. Angepeilt wird, gut informierten Kreisen zufolge, eine Beteiligung der Post, von rund 35 Prozent ist die Rede.

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AI providers will increasingly compete with management consultancies

Posted by hkarner - 31. März 2018

Date: 28-03-2018
Source: The Economist

A thriving ecosystem has sprung up to offer AI expertise and technical help

MANY TECH FIRMS’ offices boast luxurious perks such as nap pods, massages and soda fountains that offer employees a choice of exotically flavoured sparkling water. Corporate bosses like to think that finding customised AI solutions is just as easy as selecting a fizzy drink with a hint of grapefruit. They are wrong. Buying AI takes time, can feel like hard work, and the results are often imperfect.

A number of vendors are scurrying to come to would-be users’ aid. The leaders are the West’s biggest providers of cloud storage: Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Cloud computing is a vast market worth $300bn, and fiercely competitive. All three firms offer pre-trained models that corporate clients can use to build AI-enabled systems. For example, they all sell “vision” tools that enable customers to use computer vision to improve their existing services and build new ones. Uber, the ride-hailing firm, worked with Microsoft’s toolset to design a system that scans drivers’ faces to confirm their identity when they start a shift. C-Span, a television network, used Amazon’s vision system to compile a database of politicians so it can quickly name them when they appear on screen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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AI will make workplaces more efficient, safer—and much creepier

Posted by hkarner - 31. März 2018

Date: 28-03-2018
Source: The Economist
Subject: There will be little privacy in the workplace of the future

WALK UP A set of steep stairs next to a vegan Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, and you will see the future of work, or at least one version of it. This is the local office of Humanyze, a firm that provides “people analytics”. It counts several Fortune 500 companies among its clients (though it will not say who they are). Its employees mill around an office full of sunlight and computers, as well as beacons that track their location and interactions. Everyone is wearing an ID badge the size of a credit card and the depth of a book of matches. It contains a microphone that picks up whether they are talking to one another; Bluetooth and infrared sensors to monitor where they are; and an accelerometer to record when they move.

“Every aspect of business is becoming more data-driven. There’s no reason the people side of business shouldn’t be the same,” says Ben Waber, Humanyze’s boss. The company’s staff are treated much the same way as its clients. Data from their employees’ badges are integrated with information from their e-mail and calendars to form a full picture of how they spend their time at work. Clients get to see only team-level statistics, but Humanyze’s employees can look at their own data, which include metrics such as time spent with people of the same sex, activity levels and the ratio of time spent speaking versus listening. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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