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Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!

 

 

Real AI is coming closer and closer!!
As we have written before, simple Artificial Intelligence is all around us and it’s getting smarter and smarter. An AI developed in Japan has just scored higher than average on a standardized college entrance exam. Technically giving it a better shot at getting into college than most kids out there! Google recently announced that the Android built in assistant Google Now just got a lot smarter and can answer multi-layered questions, such as “What are the largest cities in Iowa by area?”. Now these may not seem as huge steps but we are surely inching our way closer to real AI. I sure hope to see the day when AI is as smart as humans, but it is definitely scary to think about!

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Anyone want a power station?
The tipping point of renewable energy is coming closer, we know it will take several more years but the trend is already showing in some regions. “It’s not a funeral, it’s a transformation”, says Francesco Starace, CEO of Enel, one of Europe’s biggest electricity companies. They recently announced they are closing down 23 different power stations that have been classified as stranded assets, some will be sold off to other industrial operators and Francesco hopes a few can be transformed in to galleries and museums. Interesting to see this trend continue and how companies tackle this disruptive situation, surely not all will handle it as well as Enel!

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Cheaper concert tickets anyone?!
Startup innovations may lower the price tag on something many of us hold dear: event tickets. For events like concerts, theater shows or other performances, it is not uncommon for ticket companies like Ticketmaster, StubHub or Eventbrite to increase the original ticket price with more than 30 % due to markup fees. However, a new flora of startups is emerging, hoping to challenge the status quo of the event ticket industry. Definitely disruptive for traditional players!

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Apple disruptively strong in phones, now moving in on peer-to-peer payments?
The last few years we have seen many numbers showing how android is taking over the smartphone world and Apple is losing market share. Now while that may be true and the share is in fact down to 14.5 %, Apple is taking 94 % of all the smartphone profits! Now that’s extremely strong! New rumors are also saying that Apple is venturing in to peer-to-peer payments (possibly as soon as Q1 2016). iPhone users will be able to “zap” money to each other, most likely using the Apple Pay system. If they are able to take this to global scale it will be a very strong addition to the Apple eco-system!

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