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Seafood is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide. But the system is broken.

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Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major threat to ocean ecosystems worldwide. Furthermore, it is often associated with modern-day slavery as several reports have shown.

Ian Urbina has been writing for years for The New York Times about crimes offshore and “Sea Slaves”. Associated Press journalists investigated the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Their reporting “Seafood from Slaves” freed more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets across the U.S.

Improving Food Traceability

Blockchain technology can be used to track seafood along global supply chains — from sea to plate. …

Watch these videos to understand how blockchain technology will transform our world.

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How the blockchain is changing money and business, Don Tapscott

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government, and society. (Source: TED)

“The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the next few decades has arrived.”, — Don Tapscott

How the blockchain will radically transform the economy, Bettina Warburg

Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value. …

Scientists point entrepreneurs to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that can be used for highly effective solutions in climate protection.

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The effects of climate change are increasingly being felt. Heatwaves, storms, droughts, fires, and floods have become stronger and more frequent. The IPCC’s 2018 Special Report estimates that the world will face catastrophic consequences if global greenhouse gas emissions are not eliminated. However, year after year, global emissions continue to rise dramatically.

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The greatest challenge of mankind

According to a recent survey by the Körber Foundation, climate change is seen in Germany as by far the most urgent political task. UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns of a direct existential threat:

The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them. …

How to be successful and find meaning in disruptive times?

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What is it that makes humans unique? Artificial intelligence permeates all industries. Automation will profoundly change the way we work. In the next few years, there will hardly be a sector that is not affected by AI.

Many cognitive tasks that could previously only be done by humans will be performed by machines. However, this does not make humans superfluous — on the contrary.

Liberated from monotonous and repetitive tasks, humans will have more freedom to unfold themselves. Their very own ability is to think and act creatively. …

A curated list of reports and resources about AI for Good

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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and we, as machine learning experts, may wonder how we can help. Here we describe how machine learning can be a powerful tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping society adapt to a changing climate. From smart grids to disaster management, we identify high impact problems where existing gaps can be filled by machine learning, in collaboration with other fields. Our recommendations encompass exciting research questions as well as promising business opportunities. …

Start learning all about the key skill for the 21st century

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Imagine: How Creativity Works

Jonah Lehrer

From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decidecomes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.

An Audience of One

by Srinivas Rao

The creator of the Unmistakable Creative podcast makes a counterintuitive argument: By focusing your creative work on pleasing yourself, you can increase your productivity, happiness, and (eventually, paradoxically) the size of your audience. …

Technologie & Nachhaltigkeit

Wie Startups Milliarden Tonnen CO₂ einsparen können

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Mehr Bäume auf der Erde wäre die effektivste Maßnahme gegen den Klimawandel. Das zeigt eine aktuell im Fachmagazin Science veröffentlichen Studie der ETH Zürich (PDF):

Die weltweite Aufforstung von Wäldern könnte zwei Drittel der vom Menschen verursachten CO₂ -Emissionen aufnehmen.

“Wir alle wussten, dass die Aufforstung der Wälder einen Beitrag zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels leisten könnte, aber bislang war unklar, wie gross der Effekt wäre.” — ETH-Professor Tom Crowther, Mitautor der Studie

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Diese Fläche ist für die Wiederaufforstung von Wäldern verfügbar (ohne bestehende Wälder, Landwirtschaftsflächen, Wüsten und Städte). (Bild: Crowther Lab / ETH Zürich)

“Unsere Studie zeigt deutlich, dass Flächen zu bewalden derzeit die beste verfügbare Lösung gegen den Klimawandel ist. Allerdings müssen wir schnell handeln, denn es wird Jahrzehnte dauern, bis die Wälder reifen und ihr Potenzial als natürliche CO₂-Speicher ausschöpfen.” …

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