Between the Ears of People Who Don’t Like Music

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jonathan Alcorn on Reuters

I love music.

The Rolling Stones, Faithless, Snoop Dogg, you name it, I listen to it. Music helps me wake up in the morning, it motivates me when hitting the gym, it comforts me when I am alone, it excites me for a party.

I mean, everybody likes music, right?

Disliking music seems like a tough role to play. Admittedly, everybody occasionally find themselves reluctantly nodding in disagreement when two people in a bar can’t stop enthusing about how that new Coldplay record is the most inspiring album they’ve bought in years. It’s commonly accepted you favor one music genre over the other. …

Analysis Shows The Impact Of Job Automation Might Not Be So Straightforward

It’s no secret that the world of work is set to change irreversibly as more industries start to implement automation and artificial intelligence. Robots will someday take our jobs — but not all our jobs. Actually, we don’t really know how many. Nor do we understand which jobs will be eliminated and which will be transitioned into what some say will be better, less tedious work.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Michael Prewett on Unsplash

Here’s a quick exercise. Close your eyes and picture a workplace where robots replaced the job of an ordinary worker. Now ask yourself: in your mental picture, was that worker a man or a woman? Chances are, if you have been following popular coverage of automation, the worker you envisioned was a man. Most technology related news stories spotlights one demographic only: men. Even a quick Google image search for the terms “robots” “AI” and “jobs” illustrates this nearly exclusive visual representation of men. …

With each goal, great players further establish their legacy. A legacy they hope will become so vast it overshadows all else — like their tax affairs.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Edgar Chaparro on Unsplash

The world of football is highly lucrative and mutually beneficial for players and their clubs. Professional football players nowadays have the opportunity to use their performance on the pitch to garner popularity and develop a solid fan base on social media. This can be used to attract the attention of sponsors and thus monetize their popularity.

It won’t go unnoticed to prospective sponsors that three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, is the most followed footballer on Instagram with a staggering 155 million followers (30 million more than Beyoncé!). In fact, with over 122 million followers on Facebook, and 76 million more on Twitter, he’s the most popular athlete on the planet. …

Urban data is used to trace issues even before they occur. Sounds comforting? That’s unless authorities are going to intervene on our predicted behavior.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

There’s a long history of data being generated from citizens to understand city life, formulate policies, solve urban problems, guide operational governance, model possible futures, and tackle a diverse set of other issues. Consequently, the way cities are understood and managed has been data-informed for centuries. More recently however, there’s a change in the way cities are governed. As urban data creates new forms of data-driven steering, it helps to produce what’s been called smart cities. This is accompanied however by a threatening opportunity. …

You might think you’re one and the same person all your life. Think again — Your true identity only settles after your last breath.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Gerome Viavant on Unsplash

‘Who are you?’ Instinctively you‘d probably answer that question stating your name, age, background, hobbies and job. Explaining who you truly are, is no topic for small talks. And there’s no shame in that. Your true identity is an inherently complex phenomenon. You are you — but how exactly is ‘you’ defined?

Imagine I rewound the tape of your life. Your trophies and certificates are pulled off the walls, unframed, and returned. Your children grow smaller, then vanish. You too become smaller. Your adult teeth retract, your baby teeth return, and your traits and eccentricities fade away. I keep rewinding still, until I’m halving and halving a colony of cells, finally arriving at that amazing singularity: the cell that will become you. …

Forget about the Gates Foundation. The world’s biggest charity owns IKEA — which is not only devoted to interior design.

Image for post
Image for post
Taaks Avoyd | IKEA's tax avoidance schemes

We all know how simple IKEA’s instructions for assembling its flat-pack furniture are. At the other end of the scale of simplicity, in fact, at a level of preposterously complexity, is IKEA’s corporate structure. What appears at the other end is a structure that ingeniously exploits the quirks of different jurisdictions to create a charity, dedicated to a somewhat corny cause, that is not only the world’s richest foundation, but is at the moment also one of its least generous. The set-up of IKEA’s structure minimizes tax and disclosure, adequately rewards the founding Kamprad family and makes IKEA immune to takeovers. …

Think outside the box for an experience that’s truly enjoyable

Tax period can be intimidating for seasoned pros, not to mention the fear it strikes into the hearts of amateurs. Besides the intimidation, filing your taxes often feels daunting, regardless of your income bracket, filing status or familiarity with current rules and regulations. Sadly there is no way around it. In the end, paying taxes is one out of two things certain in life.

As a tax compliance consultant, I often comfort less experienced taxpayers with the analogy of preparing your resume. Even if you’re not a newbie — maybe you’ve done your own taxes for years or maybe you have a tax professional settling your taxes for you — you might find comfort here, too. …

How Advanced Driving Assistance Systems shape the way we drive

A recent American Automobile Association study showed American drivers gaining trust in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This observation is all more important, as these systems have become an integral part of the modern automotive industry.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Roberto Nickson (@g) on Unsplash

The study also found significant percentages of drivers rely too much on these systems, lacking education and experience around autonomous vehicles.

ADAS offer a range of features that are capable of increasing safety while reducing the amount of effort it takes to operate the vehicle. From electronic parking brakes to lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control, ADAS already altered the way many people drive. But now that these systems are becoming commonplace while drivers are still lacking skill, what’s next? …

The digital roadmap is continuously evolving, as information technology embeds itself in both business and everyday life. The invention of the Internet has redefined the way we communicate on all levels, making everything easier, faster and cheaper. Disruptive information technologies pinpoint weaknesses and change old business models most companies and national authorities have grown accustomed to. Following the increasingly digitised business economy, in which almost everything can be ordered at the tap of a smartphone and transactions are routinely processed and analysed in real-time, it can sometimes feel like the tax system is stuck in analogue.

This article aims to guide you through the fundamentals of blockchain technology and tax, striving to connect both worlds and explore potential synergies. …


Jurgen G

Tax & Technology enthusiast | Entrepreneurial adventurer | Wanna-be writer

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store