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Sep 8, 2021

Scientists develop AI to predict the success of startup companies

Posted by in categories: business, finance, information science, robotics/AI

A study in which machine-learning models were trained to assess over 1 million companies has shown that artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately determine whether a startup firm will fail or become successful. The outcome is a tool, Venhound, that has the potential to help investors identify the next unicorn.

It is well known that around 90% of startups are unsuccessful: Between 10% and 22% fail within their first year, and this presents a significant risk to venture capitalists and other investors in early-stage companies. In a bid to identify which companies are more likely to succeed, researchers have developed trained on the historical performance of over 1 million companies. Their results, published in KeAi’s The Journal of Finance and Data Science, show that these models can predict the outcome of a with up to 90% accuracy. This means that potentially 9 out of 10 companies are correctly assessed.

“This research shows how ensembles of non-linear machine-learning models applied to have huge potential to map large feature sets to business outcomes, something that is unachievable with traditional linear regression models,” explains co-author Sanjiv Das, Professor of Finance and Data Science at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business in the US.

Sep 7, 2021

How artificial intelligence will kill junior private equity jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, finance, robotics/AI

It’s not just salespeople, traders, compliance professionals and people formatting pitchbooks who risk losing their banking jobs to technology. It turns out that private equity professionals do too. A new study by a professor at one of France’s top finance universities explains how.

Professor Thomas Åstebro at Paris-based HEC says private equity firms are using artificial intelligence (AI) to push the limits of human cognition and to support decision-making. Åstebro says t he sorts of people employed by private equity funds is changing as a result.

Åstebro looked at the use of AI systems across various private equity and venture capital firms. He found that funds that have embraced AI are using decision support systems (DSS) across the investment decision-making process, including to source potential targets for investments before rivals.

Sep 1, 2021

Sri Lanka declares food emergency as forex crisis worsens

Posted by in categories: finance, food

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency as the food crisis worsened after private banks ran out of foreign exchange to finance imports.

Aug 28, 2021

Tech-payment giants and central bank digital currencies are revolutionising how people use money—

Posted by in categories: business, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance

And threatening to put traditional banks out of business. What would a world without banks look like, and would you even miss them? https://econ.st/3s76sYS

Aug 26, 2021

Why Survival Bunkers Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, climatology, existential risks, finance, habitats

The business of private survival shelters has grown during the pandemic. They’re not just for survivalists and doomsday preppers anymore. Bunkers buried in backyards or remote landscapes are capable of withstanding nuclear fallout and hurricanes, as well as violent conflict.

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Aug 25, 2021

Researchers Uncover FIN8’s New Backdoor Targeting Financial Institutions

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Researchers uncover new backdoor used by FIN8 to target financial institutions.

Aug 25, 2021

El Salvador Readies Bitcoin Rollout With 200 ATMs for Conversion

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, finance, government, law

El Salvador began installing Bitcoin ATMs, allowing its citizens to convert the cryptocurrency into U.S. dollars and withdraw it in cash, as part of the government’s plan to make the token legal tender.

The government will install 200 of the teller machines to initially accompany its digital wallet called Chivo, a local slang term for ‘cool,’ President Nayib Bukele said on Twitter. Transactions will be commission free, he said, adding that there will also be 50 financial branches across the country for withdrawing or depositing money.

Aug 25, 2021

Dubai Now

Posted by in categories: business, finance

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These cloned camels were created with cells from a ‘zoo’ of frozen specimens. The cell bank could one day be used to help preserve endangered species.

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Aug 24, 2021

Meet the wealthy Indonesian scions giving the country a tech boost

Posted by in categories: economics, finance

Michael is also part of a group of wealthy Indonesian scions that have in the past decade dabbled in the country’s vibrant tech sector by investing in home-grown giants and start-ups, be it in the form of money, resources, know-how, or access.


Industry stakeholders say family-owned corporate venture capital firms have played an important role in growing the country’s US$44 billion digital economy.

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Aug 23, 2021

IBM Launches Telum, Its New AI Chip

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI

IBM has announced its new chip, Telum – a new CPU chip that will allow IBM clients to leverage deep learning inference at scale. The new chip features a centralised design, which allows clients to leverage the full power of the AI processor for AI-specific workloads, making it ideal for financial services workloads like fraud detection, loan processing, clearing and settlement of trades, anti-money laundering, and risk analysis.

A Telum-based system is planned for the first half of 2022. “Our goal is to continue improving AI hardware compute efficiency by 2.5 times every year for a decade, achieving 1,000 times better performance by 2029,” said IBM in a press release.

The chip contains eight processor cores, running with more than 5GHz clock frequency, optimised for the demands of enterprise-class workloads. The completely redesigned cache and chip-interconnection infrastructure provide 32MB cache per core. The chip also contains 22 billion transistors and 19 miles of wire on 17 metal layers.

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