The next frontier of industrial competition, what most people get wrong about men and women, and algorithmic mistakes. Our weekly round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities.
The future of cars, the benefits of compliance and managers from Mars
The Financial Times dives into the ongoing race to build a better battery and why it is likely to be the next frontier of industrial competition while Bloomberg reports on Uber’s decision to open a flying car lab in Paris. Elsewhere fresh research in Nature shows that the economic benefits of hitting the UN’s climate change targets could exceed US$20tn. The Harvard Business Review looks at what most people get wrong about men and women, while the Financial Times asked five successful women what they want men to know in the workplace.
Regulators, mount up
Bloomberg reports on the US government’s decision to launch a criminal probe into bitcoin price manipulation while on the back of the arrival of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) The New York Times delves into the question of privacy. The paper decided to carry out an experiment to see how easy it will be for individuals in Europe to access their personal information compared to Americans.
Can I count on you?
Quartz reports on the use of AI in the credit scoring industry and comes to the conclusion that algorithms are making the same mistakes assessing credit scores that humans did a century ago. It also looks at how AI could be used in schools to better children for the future. Another question our very own Travelling Quant tries to answer is exactly how ethical the big data one uses to feed algorithms is.
The MIT Technology Review examines US military funding of an effort to catch ‘deepfakes’ and other AI trickery, but the signs are not very optimistic. And, finally, according to CNN, Rwanda has become the first country to sign a English Premier League shirt sponsorship contract, inking a three-year cto brand Arsenal Football club
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