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Book Review – “Prediction Machines – The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence”

Artificial intelligence came (no doubt)3 years ago to stay. It started as a corporate craze for big data and last year moved to machine learning. These 2018 days AI goes in production via prediction (my 20 copyright cents please). Ajay Agraval, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb, Toronto based professors, are well placed to write about this, as most of the tech companies spearheading the AI commercialization (led by the Big Tech 4 – Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM) are NAM based.
So what is “Prediction Machines” about? Without spoiling the book’s well documented contact, we can simply just underline that AI becomes a long powerful digitalization tool, but not any longer as a facilitator (as was until last year). Agraval forecasts that machines will eliminate uncertainty, thus reducing the market friction forces, thus reducing production and transaction costs. Continue reading “Book Review – “Prediction Machines – The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence”” »

Multinational Glitches in the Implementation of GDPR

Admit it, you have done this at least once: you were lured by the special offer / freebie / like into signing up for a newsletter… then you forgot about it. Or you installed an IOS/Android/Windows app which asked you for permissions to share with the Martians your accurate location, food prefferences or place of birth.
The personal data requests have become so ubiquitous, that now it is very hard to trace where it lands. It is then perfectly understandable why EU is seeking to make the various companies responsible for minimal safeguards of such personal data.
If you read the law (or the highlights), you would realize most of the requestgs are quite reasonable – and still theoretical. Fortunately for the consumer (and burdening for the companies), the burden of safeguarding and cleaning up the unnecessary data falls on the collectors. Continue reading “Multinational Glitches in the Implementation of GDPR” »

Do Money and Inspiration Go Hand in Hand?

The World is Full of Noise

Let’s face it – almost all of us succumbed to this temptation: we could do the toughest, most important task or we could break all of them into pieces (“eating the elephant” as the management gurus say) and start chewing them. Or just give in to the boss’ latest request and answer his (sometimes lazy) easy to dig emails.
In this world of digital enrichment, our human brains are spectacularly assisted and enabled to do so the work. Simple exercise: close your eyes and try to imagine how long and how many people you would need to achieve what you now manage in a working day… without laptops, internet and corporate cloud software solutions. Hmmm… not too much, right? Continue reading “The World is Full of Noise” »

Simplicient Financial Controlling – 1 – Laying the Ground

Let us face it – finance is not easy. Whoever tells you that the commercial financial management is a steady progression job, where one gets well trained and well paid over a reasonable number of career years, is trying to lure you into something. The finance specialism requires almost a decade of training (if you count a faculty/college degree plus professional qualifications plus specializations). Plus an in-commensurable amount of overtime hours and periodical work pressures (quarterly P&L targets or year-end closings speak for themselves).
Yet, it remains a wonder to me how over-complicated most finance processes are. Take any routine activity – you would expect 90% of them to be stable and running smoothly. Yet, the more you dive, the more details and complications hide behind. Obviously, this pushes the amount of work further up. And with the increasing pressure resulting from new (or amended) regulations, from ever-shifting processes (shared services or not) and from the ever-green chase for a lower cost base, finance is becoming more complicated every day.
Yet, it should not be the case. There are shortcuts. There are tips and tricks in controlling. These shortcuts come from the most unexpected place. They do not involve compromises on the decision-making quality. And long story short, I would like to share some of them here, so that this knowledge does not get completely lost.
So stay tuned and visit doitinvest.com from time to time for more simplicient controlling tips and tricks.

How Will Terrorism Impact Investments in Europe?

If you have not heard about the March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels, you are probably not watching any news channels at all. But the chances are that you heard about the ISIS attacks in Belgium and the foiled plots to attack nuclear centrals in France or Europe.
What does this rise in terrorist attacks mean for the investments in Europe?
Well, first and beforehand, uncertainty and risk raises. Be it about real-estate investments in the European major cities (deemed to be one of the safest premium investments in the developed countries) or shares of the FMCG companies, there are obviously risks associated with purchasing shares of these companies: that is supply chains might be disrupted, key employees might be trapped or even harmed, or other countless factors might kick in. It means that overall the cost of doing business in Europe will increase: higher security costs money and slows down by travelling and communication, travel will be disrupted, insurance premiums will increase slowly but certainly. Continue reading “How Will Terrorism Impact Investments in Europe?” »

What is going on?

Looking at the status of the G20 economies, one might say nothing works. Keynesianism taken extreme has led to negative interest rates, moderate unemployment and no growth. Neo-liberalism generated uncontrolled banks, opinionated leadership and polarization of welfare. Trickle down economics do not work at all, especially if we look at the African or the Latam economics. Even the Chinese market-oriented communism is crumbling here and there. So now what?