When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ — Mr. Rogers. A journalist from a German … Continue reading The Modern Anti-Renaissance
It wasn’t so long ago that I still had to explain who Elon Musk was during my presentations in Europe. Not even in the automotive industry, where Tesla had already attracted attention, was the name familiar in 2015. I refer … Continue reading Elon Musk & Twitter: Why is everyone hyperventilating?
That mindset as a predominant psychological personality trait can have an impact on oneself or even an entire nation or culture was already summarized by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: The view … Continue reading “Can we finally talk about the negative impact now?”
How do cities recover from COVID lockdowns? This question has so far been based on rather unreliable data and statements, but a new study from UC Berkeley evaluates mobile connections in 62 cities and compares the same periods from 2019 … Continue reading When the City Dwellers Stay Away
Whether it’s surveillance cameras in public spaces, automated border control, or simply unlocking your iPhone, artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition has taken root in our lives. Not everyone accepts this without worry. The feeling of permanent surveillance and the misuse of … Continue reading Facial Recognition in the Service of Historical Reappraisal
What is more iconic of San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge? In the city that attracts millions of tourists every year, the orange bridge is a symbol of the West, the optimism, the character of San Francisco, but also … Continue reading The Time When San Franciscans Opposed the Golden Gate Bridge
Digitization is on everyone’s lips, with one conference after another, but when the pandemic hit, it became clear how little Germany, for example, had digitized. There are plenty of failed examples, and I even compile them in the LinkedIn group … Continue reading BMW’s Seat Heating Subscription: Why Are People so Upset?
The statistics on Germany’s entrepreneurship could not be more sobering. According to Statista, there were still more than one and a half million founders in Germany in 2001, but this figure fell to just over half a million in 2019. … Continue reading When the German IRS Threatens Founders
For German engineers, elevators did not represent the novelty they did in the USA at the end of the 19th century. In this country, the touted elevators were seen more as “children’s toys” than as an engineering challenge. After all, … Continue reading The Wedding Night in a Moving Space OR Why the Tsar Doesn’t Ride an Elevator
Which invention in human history has had the greatest impact on our well-being? The computer? The plow? The printing press? Nutella? All undoubtedly worthy candidates that deserve a regular place in the ancestral gallery of mankind’s most important inventions. However, … Continue reading Climate change? Overpopulation? Famine? No! The Threat of a Looming Population Collapse Should Worry Us
When we think of Muhammad Ali, we have the image of a legendary boxer in our mind’s eye, one who danced around his opponents with beguiling footwork and virtually provoked them with drooping arms to run them into his fast … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda And The Name Of The Rival