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WARC (June 8)

2016/ 06/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The first efforts of a robot creative director have been unveiled by McCann Japan, in work for Clorets Mints.” The first machine member of the agency’s creative department, AI-CD ß, designed a 30-second spot commercial which is airing “alongside work created by a human director, with the Japanese public being invited to vote for the one they prefer,” with the results to be revealed by September.

 

Institutional Investor (January 3)

2016/ 01/ 03 by jd in Global News

“The most powerful influence on current and future climate mitigation and practice is the sleeping giant: the consumer. When people wake up in the morning frightened that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could detach from the continental shelf and cause an abrupt sea level change and all the geophysical mayhem that could accompany such an event, they might then make purchasing decisions calculated to alter commercial, industrial, municipal, national and international pollution practices and management.”

 

Washington Post (December 6)

2015/ 12/ 07 by jd in Global News

“So far, hacking has involved mostly commercial and criminal misdeeds.” Though costly, “they are a lesser danger. The real threat is hacking intended to destabilize entire societies.” Cyberwar and cyberterrorism could do unprecedented damage so “we need to think the unthinkable.” This “change in consciousness” will help us limit the risk that, for chilling example, an entity will intentionally crash the electric grid.

 

Washington Post (April 19)

2015/ 04/ 20 by jd in Global News

For fifty years Moore’s Law has shown remarkable resilience in predicting the growth of computing power. It has also served as “a quiet rebuke to those who think we control our destiny. The historical reality is that technological, commercial and intellectual upheavals — often unforeseen — set in motion forces that create new opportunities and threats. We struggle to master what we haven’t anticipated and often don’t understand.”

 

Real Estate Investment Today (April Issue)

2014/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

“REITs contribute to more resilient real estate markets and a more resilient financial system.” Sub-prime mortgages contributed to the residential property collapse, but REITs helped stabilize the commercial market. A recent study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Bank for International Settlements found that REITs provide markets with much needed transparency and liquidity. It’s “clear that REITs provide real benefits for the broader commercial real estate industry, for investors and for our nation’s economy.”

 

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