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Creating the Future

Starting a business has never been easier. The internet is abundant of solid business ideas, methods, strategies, and even step-by-step instructions on how to create a profitable business. Social media is full of people who share how they build a successful business which is earning them six or seven figures. But don’t be fooled.

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The Car Stagnation

Cars are a perfect example of how our world is stagnating. Besides minor upgrades and design changes, cars in 2022 are basically the same as cars from 2012 and only slightly better than cars from 2002.

What is the REAL difference between a car from 2012 and 2022?

Most likely, it is a bigger screen which you can pair with your smartphone. Possibly, we also managed to reduce the fuel consumption by 15%. Perhaps the car has now a rearview camera. Or a better sound system.

All in all, the car is still a car. It still can’t drive itself, and it still can’t fly.

For over 10 years, people are promising and predicting self-driving cars. For example, in 2012 Sergey Brin promised we’ll be riding self-driving cars by 2017. Well, we are still driving our fully human steered cars in 2022.

The truth is, we are technologically stagnating. Today, innovation is created by marketing departments. What can we do to really innovate again?

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Three Words to Save Lives

As I am writing this, an ambulance is standing in front of the door of our home. They are searching for house #129, but are unable to locate it. Google Maps does not help, and it needed the assistance of several locals and three phone calls until they were now able to find the direction.

This just showed how important it is that we introduce new ways to communicate locations with each other. One of this is what3words. With what3words, every location on earth can be located with three unique words. Instead of street names, house numbers and zip codes, we can use three words, such as /explorer.chart.cheaply, to locate each other faster and easier than ever before.

While for the ambulance, an app which transmits the geolocation might be the first thought, for many older people simply remembering “their” three words can save their lives in those scenarios. What is holding us back from using what3words?

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Corruption – Solving the World’s Most Important Problem

We see so many problems around the globe. Experts are warning about massive inflation, we see forests burning. The ocean is full of plastic rubbish. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the world economy. The virus and the lockdown measures are costing millions of lives. What role does corruption play, and why is it our world’s most important problem? Which tools can be design to fight corruption once and for all?

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Don’t Use WhatsApp

Born in 1993, I grew up as a teenager using ICQ – the instant messaging service of AOL. With the rise of the smartphone it was WhatsApp which slowly replaced all desktop messaging services like ICQ, MSN, and Skype. With WhatsApp having over 2 Billion active users, I was definitely one of the early adopters of the messenger which once costed €0,99/year.

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The Hotel Room of the Future

The last two days I visited the Intergastra Messe in Stuttgart. I was engaged in many conversations and the main topic was the innovation and digitalization of the hotel industry. One of the most striking persons I met at the exhibition was Rolf Schlecht, the CEO of Fritz Schlecht SHL, a full-service company specialized in everything from planning and interior design to furniture and installation. He was very curious and asked me the question: “What do you think? How will the future of the hotel room look like?”

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Artificial Conversations

One way you might have realized that supposedly artificial intelligence entered your life are these strange text suggestions in Gmail, Facebook or LinkedIn. I’m talking about the tiny text bubbles which are suggesting you short replies for your conversation or email.

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The Ease of Amazon for B2B-Purchasing

Amazon, Zappos, Zalando, and many other B2C online shops set standards for convenience and customer service. You can order any item 24 hours a day seven days a week and 365 days a year with a single click.

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Fighting Fake News

A Trustworthiness Index

Fake news was most likely one of the most heard and used terms in 2017. The term is used to describe untrustworthy or false reporting in the mainstream media. It is also used to explain the phenomena where Facebook users randomly share false Facebook headlines which were published, i.e. by an ultra-left or ultra-right Facebook page. Both channels are the reason why as many people as never before have been in contact with the actual fake news.

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I Permanently Deleted My Instagram Account

If you would have asked me four or five years ago whether I like Instagram my answer would have been: “I love it!”. However, ask me today the same question, and my answer is quite more complicated.

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Why We Need an Alternative Way to Consume Music

I am a music lover. When it comes to innovations on how we are consuming our music I am the first one to try out new music services and concepts. Now – in January 2018 – I can honestly say that I tried (probably) every single music streaming service out there and every radio app. And I can tell you one thing: there are many music streaming services.

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Instant Availability and Delivery in Consumer Electronic Stores

Sorry – Not Available

“Sorry, the device you’d like to have is currently not in stock. It is already ordered, and you can pick it up within the next 5 to 10 days.” This is a sentence I hear way too often as I am currently working a few days per week in a customer electronics retail store.

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Comparing the German Mobile Payment Landscape with the U.S. is Stupid

Why it is difficult to compare the German Mobile Payment Landscape with the U.S.

The first time I came in contact and worked within the mobile payment industry in Germany was in spring 2014. Together with a friend of mine I freelanced and promoted a mobile payment application called kesh in Düsseldorf and the surroundings.

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Can Enterprises use an AI assistant to empower and motivate their Employees?

Artificial intelligence is usually used together with other big terms like big data. But besides handling and making sense of huge amounts of data what else is AI technology capable of when it comes to the workspace?

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A Short Introduction to Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

If you spent the last 6 months watching at Initial Public Offerings (IPO) only, you missed out a huge trend. More and more startup teams – who develop software for blockchain platforms – decide to raise capital through an initial coin offering (ICOs).

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Will AI Enhance or Replace us Humans?

Artificial Intelligence is about to change the world. While smart assistants have already conquered our smartphones – they are about to conquer our workplace as well.

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Facebook: Avoid the evil Traits

Facebook: Evil or Great?

Today, a Facebook friend posted that he is going to delete Facebook. There are certainly pros and cons when it comes to the use of Facebook. However, when you pay close attention to how you use Facebook it is the most powerful communication tool in the world.

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Why you should never rely on one Cloud Storage Service only!

Relying on one Cloud Storage is Dangerous

Imagine you are organizing your whole life – private and business – in the cloud. Whether you use Dropbox, G-Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Drive, or Mega.nz, you have a problem if you rely on one single cloud storage service.

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Why do we Fight for Meaningless Bullshit Jobs?

The society slowly understands what experts have predicted since the early 2010th. Automation and robots will replace many jobs. The public sees the automation as an evil thing. The citizens of the United States seem to blame immigrants for the slow loss of jobs. The people here in Germany finally understood that it is the automation which is taking away our jobs.

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What is Facebook’s intention of introducing another Snapchat Clone: Messenger Day?

As I opened the Messenger app today I saw a friendly face of a friend in a rectangle on top of all messages. I clicked on it and it was another Snapchat cloned feature. The same “story” feature we already know from Snapchat, Instagram, and most recently WhatsApp.

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The Small Difference between Snapchat and Facbeook

Snapchat is now officially a publicly listed company on the stock exchange. The initial public offering of Snap Inc. was indeed quite successful. It raised around $2.5 billion for Snapchat’s mother company. Now there is one additional social app listed on the stock exchange. But what exactly is the difference between Facebook and Snapchat? After a successful IPO will Snapchat become the next Facebook?

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Controlling Smart Objects with Augmented Reality and Brain-Computer-Interfacing

Yesterday I met with Abdul, my co-founder at Advimu. He showed me the progress of his current research and development in the area of augmented reality and brain-computer interface.

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Augmented Reality? At least 2-5 Years To Go!

In the last days, a few news have been published which make augmented reality technology seems to be in a very far future.

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Why Banning Technology is Stupid

Last Saturday I read the article “You’re Fired” which was published in the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. Steven Hill the author of the article is of the opinion that we should forbid certain technologies.

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Programmers will become the new Blue-Collar Workers

Is programming a blue-collar job? A few days ago I discovered an article which was published on WIRED. The Author stated that “the next big blue-collar job is coding”. How is such a statement possible in a world where great developers are paid a yearly salary of $120,000 and more?