Sunday, 1 December 2019

This is how tech firms deceive you into giving up your data and your privacy

Have you ever actually read the terms and conditions for the apps you use? Finn L├╝tzow-Holm Myrstad and his team at the Norwegian Consumer Council have, and it took them nearly a day and a half to read the terms of all the apps on an average phone. In a talk about the alarming ways tech companies deceive their users, Myrstad shares insights about the personal information you've agreed to let companies collect -- and how they use your data at a scale you could never imagine.

This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with Samsung.

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.

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