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Why We Really Don’t want Artificial Intelligence to Learn from Us

Deep learning is a term we’re increasingly using to describe how we teach Artificial Intelligence (AI) to absorb new information and apply it in their interactions with the real world. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper in May 2015, Professor Geoff Hinton, an expert in artificial neural networks, said Google is “on the brink of developing algorithms with the capacity for logic, natural conversation and even flirtation.” Google is currently working to encode thoughts as vectors described by a sequence of numbers. These “thought vectors” could endow AI systems with a human-like “common sense” within a decade.

13 days

Women In Fintech: Good For Business

“The Importance of Gender Parity on Fintech Teams" was a vibrant discussion by Breaking Bank’s Brett King, Jason Henrichs with guests Anouska Streets, Head of Engineering at FINkit and Colleen Wilson, Founder and CEO of Collaborate Chicago. 

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Bitcoin: More Electricity Consumption than the Entire Planet?

Bitcoin won’t result in the complete collapse of society, but might result in an energy revolution. If you believe the hype, not only are bitcoin miners using more electricity than a number of small countries, but within just two years, Bitcoin is expected to take the world’s entire energy supply to continue its mining activities.

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Steps Fintech Startups Can Take To Facilitate Financial Inclusion

An accenture report states that the global investment in fintech ventures tripled to $12.21bn in 2014. That’s a great news because this particular ecosystem is rapidly evolving in India. Currently, the country offers the highest expected ROI at 29% on fintech projects as compared to the global average of 20%.

2 months

Why Communication Standards Matter in FP&A

When I discuss my “Three Pillars of FP&A,” I am referring to financial acumen, communications, and business comprehension/partnering. I want to use today’s article to address how we, as a profession, can and should improve our communication skills. One of the greatest complaints about FP&A professionals is our inability to explain ourselves and our work (insights and foresight) clearly and expediently to our business counterparts. This is what I call our inability to be good storytellers.

3 months

Scenario Planning in Sales and Operations Planning

In recent years, supply chains have become global, more complex and vulnerable to disruptions due to the fact that the world is changing. Furthermore, we see trends such as global changes in supply and demand, higher volatility in demand patterns and more focus on customer centricity. Because the world is changing and we are moving towards a “new normal” state, we need new perspectives on planning, supply chain management and risk.

3 months

Dynamic Planning For A Dynamic World: Are You Ready For Change?

The days of creating an annual plan and then reviewing that plan 12 months later, as the new annual planning season begins, are over. In 2018, the rate and magnitude of change continues to increase, and the premium on being able to make better, faster, smarter decisions continues to rise. Over the course of 12 months, there may have been major upheavals in your industry, in the economy, or in technology. If you haven’t thought about making adjustments to the changes in your world in real time, you may have missed major opportunities or warning signs.