In cappuccino on February 3, 2016 at 8:11 am
Renault opens a Chinese factory. It is for business moves like this I say we will be quite affected by an economic crisis in China. Renault’s facility is a joint venture with Chinese auto maker Dongfeng, as Renault is one of the last big names in the industry to enter the Chinese market. I’m not sure whether this is the best investment Renault could make, not only considering the situation in China, but also keeping in mind that the Chinese usually get the know how from foreign companies and later on they build it themselves and become one of the market leaders. I’ve probably said it before that I do not believe China, as it is today, quite state controlled, to be the best market for mass products, but I do believe China to be a very good market but luxury products, niche products that scream “made in Europe”. I believe China is a better opportunity for BMW-Audi-Mercedes than for Renault.
Cybersecurity is probably the main problem standing in our way with going furher with the Internet of Things and interconnectivity. However, Read the rest of this entry »
In cappuccino on February 1, 2016 at 9:09 am
As many western companies rely on the Chinese market for growth and many others have Chinese shareholders, an important part of the world relies on the Chinese economy, therefore what happens in China is important for all of us. Here‘s an interesting analysis of what is going on right now in China, mainly deconstructed some exaggerations present in the media these days.
Other voices claim we are closer to recession and it is all linked to China, again. As stated in the above mentioned analysis, there is a lot of exaggeration around the Chinese economy, but the simple fact that all our studies revolve around China should be an indicator of China’s importance in the world economy. The number of opinions on the matter simply makes my head spin, however, I’ll try to express my opinion: China has been playing a huge role on the world economy since 2008 and for a while it seemed to be the leading economy, not the second one. Still, much of the data available on China is shadowy, as China reports are still massively state controlled and so is the media. Read the rest of this entry »
In cappuccino on January 20, 2016 at 9:18 am
Automation again. Because automation no longer means only machinery replacing hard, physical work, the white collars will also be affected, but it’s artificial intelligence that will affect their jobs. Yes, as discussed yesterday, the first affected will be the blue collars, but the next ones will be even white collars. Obviously, the demand for jobs will increase while for others will decrease, as it has in the past.
Not only there is a market for self driving cars, but also a plan, as the US Department of Transportation has a $4 billion plan to reduce the number of cars accidents on American roads by increasing the number of self driving cars. The same article says Elon Musk recently stated that driving is too dangerous for humans and it will outlawed soon. With all due respect, dear Elon, meet the most loved in the world in 2015: BMW. Their slogan? The ultimate driving machine, recently changed from Sheer Driving Pleasure. It is only recently that humans have lost the pleasure in driving, but for some time it has been about pleasure and 90% of the branding in the auto industry is about escapism, pleasure, speed, adrenaline rush. I honestly hope you are wrong Elon Musk, although, rationally speaking, driving will become luxury, as the insurances for cars with human drivers will also become more expensive. Read the rest of this entry »
In cappuccino on January 12, 2016 at 8:15 am
Oh China, oh economy bubbles, o tempora, o mores! GM is still placing their bets on China: it is a volatile market but with immense potential General Motors management argues. However, there is also a twist to that: GM will also start selling vehicles made in China in 2016.View Post
Bloomberg published an analysis on the world economy in 2016, the ones already in a bad position to worsen their condition but also Finland, Croatia, Switzerland and Japan. No, the world economy is not alright.
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In cappuccino on January 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm
I personally believe design can save the world. No, not only beauty, but also coherence. Ikea designing refugee shelters for example. Can design save the world? No, not save it, but make it a better place. Alright, but can it save Kodak? Actually, it looks pretty nice. Read the rest of this entry »
In cappuccino on December 18, 2015 at 9:16 am
In the early days of my childhood we used to play a game called ducks and hunters, will kids in 5 years time play humans and robots? Not necessarily, we could make friends with robots, we already do, AI keeps us company in our smartphones. A percentage of our work is already automated, we use algorithms, we use some of the big data, but there’s more:
Look what’s happening in the banking sector: Banks are starting to look at Marijuana. How come? Read the rest of this entry »
In cappuccino on November 20, 2015 at 8:10 am
Volkswagen, Volkswagen, yes, I’m talking dirty to you in the morning. They’ve decided to halt investment in China amid the emissions scandal . We do not know why. China is VW’s biggest market, but the investment was still being evaluated. We do not know if VW is being cautious and playing safe or if their sales were actually affected by the scandal. However, a report published last week stated that the Volkswagen scandal managed to push the brakes for the European Market. And while speaking dirty, here’s what the marketing from VW looks like:
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