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The Machines That Will Read Your Mind

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2019

Date: 06-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Jerry Kaplan

Ever more sophisticated brain scans are combining with artificial intelligence to produce tools that can track thoughts, test truthfulness and someday, perhaps, download our very selves

When magnetic resonance imaging came into common use in the 1980s, it made the human brain visible in ways it had never been before. For the first time, we could see the soft brain tissue of a living subject, at a level of detail that could be observed previously only in autopsies. For doctors trying to help patients whose brains were damaged or diseased, MRI provided an invaluable snapshot of their condition.

By the 1990s, researchers had begun to measure changes in brain regions by using “functional” MRI. The technique detects oxygenated blood flow, revealing brain activity, not just brain structure. For cognitive neuroscientists, who study mental processes, fMRI was a godsend: It made it possible to identify which parts of the brain react to, say, faces, words or smells. It was a window through which to see the brain making sense of the external world. Suddenly we could watch human thought rippling across the rainbow-colored regions of brain scans. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Scandals suggest standards have slipped in corporate America

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2019

Date: 06-04-2019
Source: The Economist

Boeing, Goldman Sachs and Facebook are among the companies in hot water

Two things stand out about business in America today. One is how successful American firms are: they account for 57 of the world’s 100 most valuable listed firms. The other is the bad smell hanging over a number of powerful companies.

Boeing faces claims that it sold 737 max planes with dangerous software. It says it is “taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 max”. Criminal charges have been filed against Goldman Sachs in Malaysia for its role in arranging $6.5bn of debt for a state-run fund that engaged in fraud. Goldman says it is co-operating with investigators. A jury in California has just found that Monsanto failed to warn a customer that its weedkiller could, allegedly, cause cancer. Bayer, a German firm which bought Monsanto in June, says it will appeal the verdict. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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„Harter Brexit“ oder der Exit vom Brexit?

Posted by hkarner - 7. April 2019

6.4.2019

Großbritannien konnte sich bis zum 31. März nicht entscheiden, was es eigentlich will. Die EU hat eine Verlängerung des EU-Austrittsdatums zunächst bis 12. April genehmigt. Nun soll die Entscheidung am 10. April fallen, wobei bisher keine Lösung in Sicht ist. Am 10. April kommt dann noch einmal ein EU-Sondergipfel zusammen, um den wahrscheinlichen Antrag von Primer May auf eine deutliche Verlängerung des EU-Beitritts zu besprechen. Einige EU-Politiker bereiten sich aber auch schon auf einen „harten Brexit“, also einen Brexit ohne Deal mit der EU vor.

Die Aktienmärkte sehen das bisher noch sehr gelassen und stiegen sogar auf neue Jahreshöchststände. Am besten schnitt in diesem Jahr schon wieder die Moskauer Börse ab mit einem Plus von 16 Prozent in Euro. Wer daran glaubt, dass nun schon wieder bald der Zenit bei den Aktienmärkten erreicht ist, gibt es einige intelligente Anlagealternativen zur Diversifikation.

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