VENEZUELA, WAG THE DOG

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Never before I had seen Juan Guaidó in his public appearances appear in the background, as can be seen in this picture (just returned to Venezuela). Along with the tension that many faces (and hands) reflect, it is a different image from the one that has us accustomed, showing the role of main protagonist and always on the front line. Anyway, it’s just a picture, a moment, isn´ it? or not?

The analysis of nonverbal communication has much to say about this picture, but the truth is that the future of Venezuela will be decided within the country itself, on the streets and in its official institutions, and not through international pressure , which is still aimed at wearing down Nicolás Maduro’s regime, leading to a deeper isolation, is not enough. This last effect has in opposition to the allies of the regime, which try to balance the balance.

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VENEZUELA, CORTINAS DE HUMO

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Nunca hasta ahora había visto a Juan Guaidó en sus comparecencias públicas figurar en un segundo plano, como puede apreciarse en esta fotografía (recién regresado a Venezuela). Junto con la tensión que reflejan muchas caras (y manos), es una imagen distinta de la que nos tiene acostumbrados, ostentando el rol de protagonista principal y en primera línea siempre. De todas maneras, es sólo una foto, un instante, ¿no es verdad? ¿o no?

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Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0 by Christian Manrique

Most likely, in 20 years we will work 30 hours per week instead of 40, but in more specialized positions, more qualified and strongly related to the knowledge economy. And living with robots. If countries do not prepare, global unemployment will increase significantly.

The german concept of Industry 4.0, Intelligent Industry or 4th Industrial Revolution is for real in development and involves the digitalization of production processes in industry, either through sensors or through information systems, transforming these processes to make them more efficient.

Its progress is characterized by continuous growth and rapid changes, with the goal of prospering and improving living standards through services and products with high added value.

But there is a new concept that is being coined, focused on the people but not on the industry. The Society 5.0.

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Big Data, salud y oportunidad

Al Big Data se han asociado una serie de características clave que lo definen, llamadas las “V” de Big Data.

Inicialmente, estas características eran 3: volumen, velocidad y variedad. Posteriormente se han añadido otras características, como la veracidad de los datos y el valor de los datos, generando así las denominadas 5 V del Big Data. Actualmente ya se está hablando de las 8 V del Big Data. Estas 8 V son muy relevantes en el sector de la salud.

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#Makeourplanetgreatagain by Christian Manrique

Post by Christian Manrique

As the US withdraws from the Climate Change Paris Agreement, the world enters a new era of uncertainty about a better future for all. The worst predictions about Donald Trump’s presidency and new policies seem to become realities and therefore rough times are ahead of us, maybe for the next four years, perhaps eight, until he is either removed or finishes his mandate or mandates. He might be the dimmest President the US has ever had. The US is missing the target on Climate Change. Nonetheless, this is not a crisis, it’s just a setback and it can be fixed. Information has become essential for citizens. I’m trying to contribute here with these lines to spread light.

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MONEYBALL GUARDIOLA

Ideas start with ourselves. In sports, being familiar with or knowing the playfield has been debated to a great extend about how this made a difference to obtain a competitive advantage over the local team.

At the same time, this has had to do with the kind of grass and the size of the field. But at the end all teams obtained the same victory rate playing at home.

The question lies in not having found a real differentiating factor that could give any team a competitive advantage over its adversaries, beyond the advantage of playing at home.

The quality of the team counts and a bigger budget can attract more talent and, therefore, more victories.

Then, am I just saying that the team with more resources is the one able to attract more talent and therefore capable of improving its victory rate? Or, on the other hand, a team on a lower budget will never be able to get a talented and competitive team on low wages?

To both questions the answer is no. As the film Moneyball points out, it’s about breaking the rules.

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IDEAS HAVING SEX

 

This post title comes from a sentence by Matt Ridley, a British journalist, businessman and author of popular science books with a very strong scientific background, who when pointing this idea out was making a word game which is easy to accept. Yes, ideas have intercourse taking into consideration that an idea is a combination of several ideas.

Tinder combines match.com with a smartphone. Pizza Hut melts Mc Donald’s and pizza. Mc Donald’s takes hamburgers through a production chain. There would be a wide number of success cases and all of them have in common the conjunction of different ideas.

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ECONOMIC POLARIZATION AS AN OPPORTUNITY

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Market polarization as a trend is not new. On the contrary, it has been going on for the last years. What it is happening, maybe, due to fast changes taking place, is that has been unnoticed for some, while for others has become something normality.

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LOST GENERATIONS?

Economic growth models always go through cyclic and anticyclic processes. Somehow, it is like test they take and results will depend upon their stability and resistance.

In any case, manpower takes most of the damage while these processes are on and consequences are usually devastating. Unemployment increases and a part of the population is put aside because it has specialized in an obsolete model that will never come back. This population group must reinvent itself.

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WORLD UNEMPLOYMENT, WILL IT RISE?

New industrial revolution, known as the fourth industrial revolution, implies a set of important factors deeply concerning current social system.

Previous industrial revolutions transformed all productive sectors, which came along with migration from towns to cities and to industrial areas. In those places, machines took over manual worker. Currently there is a new component that is growing unstoppable: technology.

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