This is a story about my own experience. I am not suggesting in any way that gluten-sensitive people should go and try what I tried. I’m sure I missed some factors that supported the process I’m describing here, so if you are going to self-experiment, you’re on your own — I take no responsibility.

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A lot of what I remember from my teenage and young adult life revolves around abdominal pain, general difficulties with my stomach and the intensely awkward situations these problems created. Crazily enough, at the time I thought this was normal and that probably everybody has continuous…


…just higher-than-usual demand. COVID-19 teaches us what happens when orderly systems meet special circumstances and that we can always adapt

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This is Part 1 of a series on supply chains and the impact of SARS-CoV-2. Many thanks to Irene de la Torre Arenas (https://www.behance.net/irenedelatorre) for helping me with the illustrations.

Recent trips to the supermarket have felt alarming for many people. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe and the United States, pictures of depleted grocery store shelves have appeared everywhere on social media. In fact, the phenomenon could be observed worldwide with similar pictures coming in from Australia, South Africa and other countries.


The Corona crisis teaches us about the benefits and drawbacks of a return of work to the home.

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The current Coronavirus crisis proves that a model where more people work remotely is possible and efficient. Within days, people around the world went from their daily commute and their 8+ hour workdays at the company office to staying at home and working remotely — even if their company has had a strict “no home office” rule so far.

Even with no previous experience with remote work, for many companies it has been a remarkably smooth transition thanks to video conferencing, portable laptops and cloud services. This indicates that companies should consider remote work as a viable option to office…


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Virtual reality (VR) is one of those technologies that exist, that are interesting and inspiring and that should have been widely adopted by consumers already. But so far, the consumer market for VR applications is not particularly well developed: neither killer content in the form of games, movies and other entertainment nor completely convincing hardware have entered the market. Does this mean VR is going nowhere fast?

Apparently not. Instead of the expected consumer adoption, there has been an interesting development in corporate training that I investigated in the last month. All of it started with an invitation by a…


…and what they can do to get on the right path

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In the last year, I have been working intensively with stakeholders in companies that are interested in using their data to improve operations, make more sound decisions or even enter a market and monetize their data. That’s great, because leaders in these fields are often 3 to 5 years ahead of the field of more conservative enterprises that only now wake up to the opportunities presented by becoming more data-driven.

In these environments, machine learning and AI are often understood as silver bullets that will make things more profitable or solve some previously unmanageable situation. Of course, this is exactly…


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Advancements in manufacturing and product design often come together in unexpected ways and lead to a paradigm shift. A well known example is the assembly line which couldn’t have worked without the standardization of parts. We may be on the edge of another one of these paradigm shifts as a set of technologies and practices quickly mature and get assembled into a convincing value chain.

These are

  1. Generative design supported by artificial intelligence algorithms,
  2. EaaS — equipment as a service, the practice of renting equipment on a pay-per-use basis — and
  3. Additive manufacturing — the use of 3D printers and…


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Fuel cells are a great technology, but they have become something of a zombie among the alternatives to conventional gas-powered engines. Why? Because they’ve been around for a long time, they never managed to get on their feet and they just won’t die. For years, people have been trying to establish the fuel cell car as a mass market alternative to traditional gas cars and and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with little luck.

The reasons for this failure are basically four-fold. The necessary infrastructure is badly underdeveloped and would need a massive boost in terms of subsidies to get off…


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Photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

Recently, I started playing around with some numbers. My first question was actually the one you find in the title —you will find an answer to this question lower down in the text. The result is quite surprising and made me think about scale.

Scales are notoriously hard to understand. That is why we usually break down large numbers and explain them by using smaller numbers in other categories. In this article, I will do the same by breaking down very large numbers of hours into “lifetime equivalents”, or the average number of hours a human lives or works. …


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Foto von Franki Chamaki auf Unsplash.

Panel „Die unverbundenen Neuronen Europas“

Gestern war ich zur Teilnahme am French-German Business Forum eingeladen, wo ich einen Beitrag zum Thema Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) leisten durfte. Der folgende Artikel entstand aus meinen persönlichen Notizen dazu.

Bemerkung: Die geäußerten Ansichten und Meinungen sind die des Autors und spiegeln nicht unbedingt die offizielle Politik oder Position einer anderen Agentur, Organisation, eines Arbeitgebers oder Unternehmens wider.

Vorteile und Risiken der Technologie

„AI is the new electricity“ sagt Andrew Ng, der KI-Forscher von Stanford, der auch beim Google Brain Projekt und früher bei Baidu gearbeitet hat. Die Analogie ist weit treffender als sie scheinen mag, denn genau wie Elektrizität ist KI eine transformative Technologie…

Burkhard Schwab

Ph.D. in theoretical physics — Data Scientist — technology enthusiast — voracious reader — staunch citizen of the world (with a European bias…)

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