Like all new technologies, blockchain is controversial. Some people say that it will be the most significant breakthrough technology of the 21st century. Others are telling us that it is a technological illusion. All I know is that most people talking about blockchain understand nothing about blockchain.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is sometimes thought of as something esoteric, a shiny idea that may become real at some distant point in the future. But the reality is that although AI is developing globally at different rates, AI is already being integrated rapidly into the internal workings of governments, business, civil society, and more.

“An instrument of the devil”. That is how the invention of the telephone was greeted in Sweden in the mid-19th century, according to Ericsson, a  telecommunications firm. From phones to televisions and cars, such horror is quite a common public reaction to the advent of new technologies, even if it often doesn’t take too long before the same people wonder how they ever did without them.

Artificial intelligence could become very real in the world of business. But funding needs to be corrected first for medium-sized firms, where millions of jobs are at stake.

Fifty years ago, the world watched in awe as the first humans landed on the moon. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is helping us to build on this achievement, by giving us the power to map the moon, to locate and count craters, and even (virtually) to moonwalk!

Economic data

GDP growth: +0.2% Q4 2019
Consumer price inflation: 2.3% January 2020
Trade (G20): -0.1% exp, -1.3% imp, Q4 2019
Unemployment: 5.1% January 2020
Last update: 11 March 2020

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