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After the Smartphone: The Race for the Next Big Thing

Posted by hkarner - 13. Januar 2019

Date: 12-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Venture-capital investors are spraying money into fields like virtual reality, driverless cars and even implants in the brain

As the smartphone market matures, startups are racing to predict what’s next, and venture-capital firms are spraying money into fields like virtual reality, smart watches and even implants in the brain. Here are some of the startups attracting investment.

Magic Leap

Investors including Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Saudi Arabia’s main wealth fund have poured money into this much-hyped maker of augmented-reality glasses. The bugeye-like glasses with tinted lenses—released only to software developers thus far—overlay virtual reality-like images onto the real world, designed for use by gamers and neurosurgeons alike. Early reviews have been lukewarm. Funds raised: $2.4 billion. Latest Valuation: $6.4 billion, according to PitchBook Inc. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why we stopped trusting elites

Posted by hkarner - 13. Januar 2019

Date: 12-01-2019
Source: The Guardian By William Davies

The credibility of establishment figures has been demolished by technological change and political upheavals. But it’s too late to turn back the clock.

For hundreds of years, modern societies have depended on something that is so ubiquitous, so ordinary, that we scarcely ever stop to notice it: trust. The fact that millions of people are able to believe the same things about reality is a remarkable achievement, but one that is more fragile than is often recognised.

At times when public institutions – including the media, government departments and professions – command widespread trust, we rarely question how they achieve this. And yet at the heart of successful liberal democracies lies a remarkable collective leap of faith: that when public officials, reporters, experts and politicians share a piece of information, they are presumed to be doing so in an honest fashion.

The notion that public figures and professionals are basically trustworthy has been integral to the health of representative democracies. After all, the very core of liberal democracy is the idea that a small group of people – politicians – can represent millions of others. If this system is to work, there must be a basic modicum of trust that the small group will act on behalf of the much larger one, at least some of the time. As the past decade has made clear, nothing turns voters against liberalism more rapidly than the appearance of corruption: the suspicion, valid or otherwise, that politicians are exploiting their power for their own private interest. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What Amazon’s Rise to No. 1 Says About the Stock Market

Posted by hkarner - 13. Januar 2019

Date: 12-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Jason Zweig

The biggest companies are the still the most dominant. The biggest companies today make up less of the overall market than those in the past. And the biggest companies can still be toppled.

On Jan. 7, Amazon.com Inc. became the world’s largest company by market capitalization. Its rise might make you think today’s biggest technology companies are turning into unstoppable juggernauts of growth, or that turnover at the top is only accelerating.

First, consider the history of all the companies that have ranked No. 1 by market size. It’s full of surprises.

From the beginning of 1926 through the end of last year, only 10 companies have ever ranked No. 1 among all U.S. stocks by market capitalization. Amazon has just become the 11th, succeeding Microsoft Corp. , Apple Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp. , General Electric Co. , Walmart Inc., Altria Group Inc., International Business Machines Corp. , DowDuPont Inc., General Motors Co. and AT&T Inc. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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