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
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
Supposedly, the amount of data generated by humans in all of human history doubles every two years. In the next 24 months, we will generate as much data as humanity has since its inception. This can be dizzying, and is … Continue reading Is ‘Dataism’ as Alleged Pseudo-Religion Enemy of ‘Real’ Religions?
It was in the middle of World War II that Edwin Land, the head and co-founder of Land-Wheelwright Laboratories, founded in 1932, was on vacation with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Land was privately and professionally infatuated with … Continue reading The Art of the Big Bet