Going green isn’t easy, warns asset manager Unigestion
Last year saw huge growth in sustainable investment, but for Geneva-based asset management firm Unigestion, environmental, social, and corporate governance has added new risk to manage. As CEO Fiona Frick explains, doing good and making money at the same time is a challenge.
The fight for open access to scientific research
More than 50 percent of papers published by Swiss scientists in the past 10 years are free to access, which puts Switzerland at number one in the world. But as many as 90 percent of scientific research articles globally are still hidden behind paywalls and that, argues Frontiers CEO Kamila Markram, is detrimental to progress and innovation.
“The world’s never been better off,” says Frontiers CEO
Kamila Markram, CEO and co-founder of the scientific research community Frontiers, celebrates the positivity of our times and blames the way news is reported and consumed for creating a “distorted view” of the world. With the Science Unlimited Forum next week, she aims to highlight accomplishments and ultimately create the “Montreux Jazz Festival” of science.
Music fans “a bit lost” amid Spotify’s infinite choices, says Mathieu Jaton
Streaming services provide people more access to music and help artists to increase their revenues. But on the flipside, they make it hard for festivals to know who to book, as it has become more difficult to predict who will be the star of tomorrow. However, Montreux Jazz Festival Director Mathieu Jaton has an answer.
Elton John at Montreux Jazz: more artistic coup than moneymaker
Sir Elton John’s choice of a stadium over the Stravinski Hall for his Montreux Jazz Festival show led the organization to embark on a first, according to Director Mathieu Jaton. They will co-produce the performance with American entertainment giant AEG and Elton John’s management, a risk that Jaton is hoping will pay off.
“I’m quite anti-quotas,” says Zurich Insurance chairman
Zurich Insurance Chairman Michel Liès feels strongly that there should be diversity on company boards, saying they should reflect the company’s clients and the world around it. However, he feels just as strongly that quotas are not the way to go.
Zurich Chairman Liès: Digitalization is destruction and opportunity
Zurich Insurance chairman Michel Liès knows that digitalization is shaking up his industry. The insurance veteran goes so far as to say it is “destroying” the solidarity that lies at its core. But he adds that digital transformation also presents an opportunity to better understand the risk before the claims process has even started.
How Europe can counter China on artificial intelligence
China may have unlimited access to its own data, but according to Jürgen Schmidhuber, scientific director of Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Europe has the ammo to compete. The solution? Basic economics: Create, for instance, a healthcare market where every patient can become a micro-entrepreneur of their own data.
The place to be for AI? Switzerland, argues Jürgen Schmidhuber
You may not know him but Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple sure do. His speech- and voice-recognition algorithms power devices from Siri to Alexa to many smartphones in between. Jürgen Schmidhuber is his name and Lugano is where he works to take artificial intelligence to the next level