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
In the bookstore Morawa in downtown Vienna, a man collapses on his knees, raises his hands in the air and complains loudly about unheard-of things. What had happened? The traditional bookstore, which is located just across the street from the … Continue reading Sphexishness OR The ability or inability to change behavior.
A review of my book on artificial intelligence, When Monkeys Teach Monkeys, indirectly blamed me as naïve. The reviewer said: I’ve found few arguments in favor of AI, but maybe that’s because I don’t want to downplay the dangers. In … Continue reading The Incompetence of Cynics – A Study
A few months ago I posted on the topic of overpopulation and how very wrong this way of looking at it is. The common narrative is that we have too many people on the planet and thus our resource consumption … Continue reading Population Collapse – Tim Ventura Podcast
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