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Thought Leader Talk: “Ethik kann Spass machen”

Die Swiss Mobile Association hat mich zum Thought Leader Talk eingeladen. Dort sage ich unter anderem: “Ich stelle die Warum-Frage nicht nur in Bezug auf Innovation oder Fortschritt, sondern auch in Bezug auf den Status Quo”. Und ich wünsche mir, in Erinnerung zu bleiben als jemand, der zeigt, dass Ethik nichts mit vorwurfsvollem Moralisieren zu tun hat, sondern Spass machen kann.

Is there business ethics in Clubhouse?

What can AI ethics learn from business ethics? What’s the ethics of Clubhouse, if any? Is the Robinhood app undermining free will? And how can tech companies create an ethical business culture? Listen to my thoughts in this interview.

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The author together with "Dr. Skywater", Makoto Murase

Rainwater Harvesting in Bangladesh

In 2017 I visited various NGO projects in Bangladesh. Upon return to Switzerland I wrote a piece on a method to harvest rainwater in order to secure the supply of healthy water. The article was originally published in the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Sun on February 7, 2018.

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The market only accepts bunches of 5 perfect bananas. 50% of the mini bananas in Costa Rica go to waste (source: private)

Getting to the root of food waste in bananas

The food waste of bananas created by consumers is only the tip of the iceberg. Even more waste is created at the farm level, where up to 40% of bananas are put to waste. The high percentage of waste at farm level puts an additional strain on the cost/income ratio of farmers.

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TedX Zürich: «AI – freedom within, freedom without»

AI frees us from having to solve complex problems ourselves, but does it also deprive us of the ability to think for ourselves? In my TedX speech I reflect on the ambiguous role AI plays for our freedom. Due to the pandemic, my speech was recorded in a huge, empty, pitch-black TV studio in Zurich. I missed the audience, but I am glad that I had the opportunity anyway.

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Robin Hood (the Sherwood Forest version) would be disappointed by his Silicon Valley-Wallstreet namesake. (Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash)

Robinhood: democratized finance on shaky ground

More than 900 years after the heroic figure Robin Hood set out to steal from the rich and give to the poor, two American entrepreneurs borrowed his name to establish a fintech company that claims to “democratize finance for all”. But the new Robinhood’s claim of ‘democracy’ is on shaky ground. Just as the company can make financial markets accessible to everyone, it can also deny access within a split second. This is what happened when they shut down Gamestop trading on January 28, 2021. Thousands of investors were presented with a fait accompli.

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