The world as it is

L’économie de la planète en quelques chiffres.

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17 different emotions can be read by a horse based on facial expressions of its fellow creatures.

3 000 French people, on average, change their first name each year.

22nd annual climate conference (COP22): being held in Marrakech November 7 to 18.

 1 trillion  dollars: amount of the worldwide green bond market by 2020, according to Citigroup forecasts.

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Full steam ahead

Artifcial intelligence (AI) is transforming our societies at a pace that is dizzyingly faster than that of the Industrial Revolution, and with an impact 300 to 3,000 times greater. It has left no sector and virtually no social group untouched. In addition, while the steam engine was initially beneficial solely to Europe and the New World, the successive technical innovations of the 21st century have spread nearly instantaneously around the planet. The felds of application and enhanced performance are greater than ever before. Yet artificial intelligence relies primarwily on statistical analysis: the digital brain can only reply “yes” or “no” (or rather 0 or 1, in computer language). As human lives and activities, in particular, are not necessarily organized in groups of homogenous and routine data, the feld is limited in its ability to interpret concepts of relativity, or gray zones. The AI revolution is still a long way from fulflling its promises.

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90% of new electricity generation around the world in 2015 was from renewables.

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2 billion euros: amount Chinese investors have paid into the European soccer market since 2015.

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Race to the top

The Beatles’ fame derived from their talent for creating catchy tunes, with immediately familiar lyrics and an unforgettable beat—a dream for any savvy producer, who views all this in terms of dollar signs. When they can’t sign the rare gem that combines talent and inspiration, agents musically dissect earlier successes. Highly sought after in a sector keen on short-term investments, between single and one shot, the search for custom-designed hits uses techniques and methods inspired from the economic effciency of Taylorism. And after the industrialization of musical supports—from vinyls to digital platforms—the same approach is now being used for content. No longer based on the guitar/bass/drum trinity backing up a singer, atomized creation draws on specifc profles from across the board: topliners write the refrains and hooks, while production studios sample standout musical tracks. Finally, after a series of tests and compilations, the studio ends up with a tune that may lack personality but at least is easy-listening.

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