Jeremy Rifkin is an influential American writer whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and China’s strategic acceptance of climate policy. In The Zero Marginal Cost Society %u2013 published this year – he describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global %u2018collaborative commons’ and the eclipse of capitalism%uFEFF.
In the early 1970’s, the financial industry was transformed by a strange confluence of events. In 1973, The Chicago Board of Trade opened the first options trading floor and, almost as if on cue, a month later the Nobel prize winning Black Scholes options pricing model was published.
Kristen Geil, a writer for an Internet marketing firm in Chicago, heard about Venmo for the first time two summers ago. Her new roommate, who had just arrived in town from New York, was raving about this app that allows users to send and receive payments over their smartphones. There was also a social media component to the app that made the mundane act of splitting bills kind of fun. She assured Geil that it was safe and reliable. Plus, there was no waiting around for checks to clear and no trudging to an ATM for cash. Geil agreed to give it a try.
Our ability to transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy will likely determine the fate of the planet. Some countries are making progress toward this goal, using solar, wind and water power. In the historic deal struck on Wednesday between the U.S. and China, for instance, China pledged that solar and wind power would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030. Denmark, which aims to completely eliminate its use of fossil fuels by 2050, will rely on its cutting-edge wind power industry. Germany has focused on solar and wind power in its push to remake its electricity system, and Brazil now derives more than 75 percent of its electricity from hydro-power sources.
O Centro de Excelência para a Inovação e Indústria Automóvel (CEIIA) apresenta em 2015 os primeiros projetos-piloto da instalação de sinais de trânsito “inteligentes” que podem, segundo o responsável da entidade, mudar radicalmente o fluxo de trânsito nas cidades.
EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.
Consumers in the US are primed for mobile wallet adoption according to a paper written last month by Javelin Strategy & Research, an America analyst specialising in technology and financial services.
The effectiveness of long-overdue quantitative easing by the ECB will depend on the quantity and quality of the assets purchased and on the fiscal stance in the euro zone.
Banqueiros criticam o aumento da taxa extraordinária sobre o setor, advogando que os bancos portugueses, em Portugal, ganham muito pouco dinheiro. Ou, então, têm prejuízo. É assim?
The US tech giants scored less than three out of a possible ten in the Transparency International ranking, which rates the 124 firms on the Forbes list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.