Monday, 18 November 2019

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn?

Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of "cats.") Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave ... sooner than you probably think.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxBrussels, an independent event.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

The American consumer is still using bank branches

The future of bank branches may not be as perilous as once believed. Mercator’s data shows that the American consumer is still using branches, along with a myriad of other ways of interaction with their bank. Check that data out at

Check out the video too. At around the 2:30 mark, Jamie Dimon discusses the fact that branches are not dying and that customers of all ages are using branches.

To call Jamie Dimon an influencer is an understatement. He is a center of gravity around whom others orbit. Dimon took over JPMorgan Chase in 2005, just a few years before the financial crisis struck. He has since turned the bank into the US's second-most lucrative business, raking in $32 billion in profits last year, the chairperson of the powerful Business Roundtable and a board member at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dimon is reportedly a billionaire. Here he talks about the changes that most profoundly shape the economy and what he has learned up close from weathering them and optimizing them.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, the mating of ideas

The engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and remains "ideas having sex with each other"

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It is not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

British author Matt Ridley argues that, through history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, "ideas having sex with each other."

Throughout history, the engine of human progress and prosperity has been, and is, the mating of ideas. The sophistication of the modern world, says Ridley, lies not in individual intelligence or imagination; it is a collective enterprise. In his book The Rational Optimist, Ridley (whose previous works include Genome and Nature via Nurture) sweeps the entire arc of human history to powerfully argue that "prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else."

It is our species habit of trade, idea-sharing, and specialization that has created the collective brain which set human living standards on a rising trend. This, he says, "holds out hope that the human race will prosper mightily in the years ahead - because ideas are having sex with each other as never before."

This talk was presented at an official TED conference and was featured by the TED editors on the home page.

“Ridley systematically builds a case through copious data and countless studies that “the vast majority of people are much better fed, much better sheltered, much better entertained, much better protected against disease and much more likely to live to old age than their ancestors have ever been."” — Scientific American.
Website Statistics mortgage payment calculator