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Technological development is advancing rapidly, and soon gas-guzzlers could be a thing of the past.

It’s no secret that I’m an electric car enthusiast. But what really puts a smile on my face is that electric cars are no longer a rarity on German streets! Over the last twelve months, since I plead my case for electro-mobility, a lot has changed. Back in November 2020, the German newspaper Die Zeit, for example, wrote, “The turning point is here.”

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Nearly every automobile manufacturer is banking on models with electric motors, and these electric cars have been successful! In 2020, the total number of electric cars registered rose from half a million from the previous year to…

To avoid falling behind, entrepreneurs must not ignore the signals of progress.

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I read in a study by the German digital association Bitkom the other day that the COVID-19 pandemic should have led to a surge in digitization across German industries. To be more specific, digitization has become more important for 95 percent of companies over the past 13 months. Unfortunately, this quote doesn’t necessarily mean that the interviewees have acted. After all, only 61 percent want to “promote digitization in the long run as a result of the pandemic.”

These findings make me wonder: What is holding entrepreneurs in 2021 back from developing a digital business model or transforming their businesses…

How do we want to regulate open access to data in the future?

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Europe’s diversity is a great strength. The fragmentation of the continent, which is often still prevalent, on the other hand, is its greatest weakness. In times of digitalization, this becomes an immense burden. After all, what do the tech giants in the USA and China have in common? They have an almost inexhaustible reservoir of data simply due to their sheer size and the population of their home markets. And all this in a uniform legal, cultural and linguistic area. In a world with the “Internet of Everything”, in which everything is connected, these advantages are amplified even further.


Or, When E-commerce Knows What the Customer Wants

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A kiss on his Qualitypad had been enough to sign up for TheShop’s premium service OneKiss. Now Peter Unemployed gets the company’s products sent to him automatically, without having to order them. This sounds like a work of fiction, right? In Marc-Uwe Kling’s bestseller Qualityland, a system calculates what the protagonist consciously or unconsciously wants, without them intervening in the process. When Peter Unemployed tries to return a pink dolphin vibrator, the android at the service center says: “I’m afraid that’s not possible”. Peter Unemployed replies that he doesn’t want the vibrator…

Do you know how an algorithm works? These calculation instructions belong to the invisible black boxes of our digital society. They are often just simple sequences of commands: “If this, then that.” “Check if, otherwise …” “Compare A with B, and do that.” In fact, most algorithms are freely accessible, and even today’s so-called artificial intelligence is based on publicly-available software. Dark secrets may exist here too, but the demands for disclosure of their contents misses the real problem, which lies elsewhere.

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How self-learning algorithms handle information is probably as difficult to explain and understand as the inner workings of…

Here’s how it’s done

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When Oskar was younger, he couldn’t wait to log in to an online maths game, making sure he never missed one so he could keep advancing from level to level. Online games for school and work run on the school’s internet platform. Gamification is very well-received by students. Through the gamification of learning, students literally learn their subject matter through play.

It is a utopia. Specifically, it is a utopia where learning content is tailored uniquely to the levels of knowledge and ability of each individual student, outlined in my book Digitalismus (Digitalism). Everyone learns differently. Some learn by seeing…

Why online retailers should not bury their heads in the sand, especially at the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

In the local retail industry, hardly a day goes by without an Amazon scolding. There is talk of “unfair conditions”, of “cutthroat competition”, a “quasi-monopoly”. I say: if you complain about Amazon, take a look at yourself first. The failure of online competition is homemade. I wrote an article about this more than two years ago — since then, surprisingly little has changed in the industry. The good news is that there is still plenty of potential to do better — especially since the global coronavirus pandemic is changing the e-commerce business with new target groups. …

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