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Brexit: Why Brussels seems relaxed about the end game

Posted by hkarner - 18. April 2018

Date: 17-04-2018
Source: BBC

With less than a year until „Brexit Day“, a number of issues remain unresolved
After all the impatient European foot-tapping, the incessant talk of ticking clocks and of Article 50 time running out, there’s a distinctly laid-back air in Brussels at the moment when it comes to Brexit.

„Relations are a lot more normalised between the UK and the rest of the us after the Salisbury attacks and the show of solidarity with Britain at the EU leaders‘ summit two weeks ago,“ one European diplomat told me.

„Besides which,“ he added with a glint in his eye, „we know the Brexit drill by now.

„The UK makes a fuss, tells us things are unacceptable – like the financial settlement (the so-called Brexit bill), and like allowing EU citizens the right to stay permanently in the UK, even if they only move there in the transition period after Brexit – but the British Government gives in, in the end. Even if they dress up the fact to make it more acceptable at home.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »


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Inside the White House Bible Study group

Posted by hkarner - 9. April 2018

  • 8 April 2018

For the first time in at least 100 years, the US Cabinet has a bible study group. What do they learn? What does Donald Trump make of it? And why aren’t women allowed to teach?

Every Wednesday, some of the world’s most powerful people meet in a conference room in Washington DC to learn about God.

The location can’t be revealed – the Secret Service won’t allow it – but the members can.

Vice-President Mike Pence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The list goes on.

In total, 10 cabinet members are „sponsors“ of the group. Not everyone attends every meeting – they are busy people – but they go if they can. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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AI ‚poses less risk to jobs than feared‘ says OECD

Posted by hkarner - 4. April 2018

Date: 03-04-2018
Source: BBC

Food preparation work is among that most at risk of automation, says the new study

Fewer people’s jobs are likely to be destroyed by artificial intelligence and robots than has been suggested by a much-cited study, an OECD report says.

An influential 2013 forecast by Oxford University said that about 47% of jobs in the US in 2010 and 35% in the UK were at „high risk“ of being automated over the following 20 years.

But the OECD puts the US figure at about 10% and the UK’s at 12%.

Even so, it says many more workers face their tasks significantly changing.

The OECD says the previous forecasts exaggerated the impact of automation because they had relied on a broad grouping together of jobs with the same title. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Martin Selmayr: The man at the heart of a Brussels saga

Posted by hkarner - 13. März 2018

Date: 12-03-2018
Source: BBC

Martin Selmayr is the subject of cronyism allegations at the European Commission
The European Commission has denied allegations of cronyism after a protégé of its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, was given one of the most powerful jobs in the EU civil service.

Martin Selmayr has been appointed Secretary-General of the Commission, the organisation that monitors whether countries are sticking to EU rules, dreams up new laws and runs the Brexit talks day-to-day.

Normal service in the Brussels bubble temporarily came to a halt when journalists became consumed by the saga.

Who is he?
The 40-something former lawyer and media executive from Germany joined the European Commission as a press officer in 2004.

He helped run Jean-Claude Juncker’s successful campaign to be selected as president of the commission in 2014 and later became his head of cabinet, Brussels-speak for chief of staff.

He has earned multiple nicknames, like the Monster or the Beast of the Berlaymont, the name of the building where he works.

What is he like?
It depends who you ask. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Ghana man teaching computing without computers becomes viral hit

Posted by hkarner - 2. März 2018

Date: 01-03-2018
Source: BBC


Students are expected to pass a technology exam – even if they have no access to computers

A teacher in Ghana who educates his students on computer technology – without any computers – has become a hit online.

The man from Kumasi used his blackboard to meticulously draw a diagram of the popular Microsoft Word program.

„Teaching of ICT in Ghana’s school is very funny,“ he said in a Facebook post alongside the photos.

After the images were shared thousands of times online, Microsoft promised to send him new computer equipment.

In his Facebook message, Owura Kwadwo – a nickname for the man Quartz Africa identified as Richard Appiah Akoto – wrote: „I love my students so have to do what will make them understand what [I] am teaching.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Microsoft boss: World needs more computing power

Posted by hkarner - 24. Januar 2018

Date: 24-01-2018
Source: BBC

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella

The world is rapidly „running out of computing capacity“, the head of tech giant Microsoft has warned.

Satya Nadella said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that superfast quantum computers were needed to solve some of the most difficult problems.

Mr Nadella cited the quest to create a catalyst that can absorb carbon, in order to help tackle climate change.

This, he cautioned, would likely not be achieved without an increase in computer processing power.

Moore’s Law is kinda running out of steam, Mr Nadella told assembled delegates, referring to the maxim that the power of computer chips doubles every two years.

He added that quantum computing was needed „to create all of these rich experiences we talk about, all of this artificial intelligence“.

The Microsoft chief executive also took aim at so-called „re-skilling programmes“ that don’t cater to the needs of the job market, calling them „one of the greatest wastes of money“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The computers being trained to beat you in an argument

Posted by hkarner - 3. Oktober 2017

Date: 02-10-2017
Source: BBC

By Prof Chris Reed
University of Dundee

Humans are used to being outdone by computers when it comes to recalling facts, but they still have the upper hand in an argument. For now.

It has long been the case that machines can beat us in games of strategy like chess.

And we have come to accept that artificial intelligence is best at analysing huge amounts of data – sifting through the supermarket receipts of millions of shoppers to work out who might be tempted by some vouchers for washing powder.

But what if AI were able to handle the most human of tasks – navigating the minefield of subtle nuance, rhetoric and even emotions to take us on in an argument?

It is a possibility that could help humans make better decisions and one which growing numbers of researchers are working on. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Time, not material goods, ‚raises happiness‘

Posted by hkarner - 27. Juli 2017

Date: 26-07-2017
Source: BBC

Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says.

In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time – such as by paying for chores to be done – rather than spending the money on material goods.

Psychologists say stress over lack of time causes lower well-being and contributes to anxiety and insomnia.

Yet, they say even the very wealthy are often reluctant to pay people to do the jobs they dislike.

„In a series of surveys we find that people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier – that is they have higher life satisfaction,“ said Dr Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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Hans Rosling, population prophet: Five final thoughts

Posted by hkarner - 16. März 2017

By Ruth Alexander and Ben Carter

  • 16 March 2017
  • From the section World

Co-founder of Gapminder.org, which continues his work, he was enthusiastically trying to change old-fashioned notions of the world even as his illness took hold.

In his final BBC interview – for the BBC World Service series Economic Tectonics – the statistician highlighted five key ways that demographics are shaping the world around us.

Why bedrooms are driving economies

Why do I as a professor from public health speaking about health and demography get invited to Goldman Sachs [and] all these big banks around the world?

Because I tell them I can see on my screen when economic growth comes, before you can see it.

In the past, economic growth was driving demographics, and now it’s the other way around.

First, I see decent life coming and I see children born-per-woman drop.

I see the two-child family, and I see the economic growth starting in Vietnam, in Thailand… not only in China. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Scott Pruitt: Controversial Trump environment nominee sworn in

Posted by hkarner - 18. Februar 2017


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