Once again this year the awards ceremony for the eighth edition of the BBVA Foundation’s Frontiers of Knowledge Awards was a homage to the most important ideas, discoveries and challenges that define our times. The prizewinners received well-deserved recognition for their role in discoveries that have changed the lives of us all.
Life and Culture
Life and Culture
The biggest names in fintech gather at MoneyConf’s Madrid event Transferwise, Number26, Atom, Taulia, Dwolla, Carto DB or Earnest were joined by with fund and bank representatives that attend these events looking for potential business prospects. There we learnt about five common mistakes startups should avoid when approaching a possible investor.
The result of these surveys is reflected in the report “Education in Spain. Horizon 2020”. This document reflects the concerns of the teaching sector and its view of the future of education. Its conclusions are not very optimistic, since there are a number of aspects that concern the sector. However, they do believe that education is increasingly dynamic thanks to the entrepreneur teachers Acción Magistral wants to support with the holding of a great event in their honor.
The pieces of software that mimic human behavior, and which laid the foundation for today’s bots, are turning 70. At present, bots are poised to become one of the hottest trends in the innovation landscape. Here, you can learn about their history and how they are being currently implemented.
One thousand, three hundred billion years ago, in a faraway corner of the Universe, two black holes that had been moving closer since before mammals walked the Earth merged into one. And barely a few months ago, the vibrations in space-time generated by the event reached our planet.
From childhood, Ilkka Hanski was a keen butterfly collector. At the age of eight he found a specimen of a species considered extinct in Finland, and a professor at the University of Helsinki specializing in that species sent him one of his scientific papers.
Optogenetics is a technique whereby light serves to control the behavior of a live animal. The scene might go something like this: the laboratory rat sits peacefully in its box, but with a fiber optic cable emerging from its head. A light comes on and the animal starts to run; the light goes off, and it stops.
Georges Aperghis was born in Athens into a family of artists in 1945, and has lived in Paris since settling there in 1963. His work is characterized by the drive to interrogate language, dissecting its meaning and its evolution, and by the merging of music and theater.
The most celebrated problem in computer science, with a price on its head of one million dollars, was originally just another mathematical puzzle. Attractive and intriguing without doubt, but at bottom unpretentious. Not even its discoverer, U.S. mathematician Stephen Cook, was aware at the start of its full ramifications.
“Ideas about cosmology have greatly changed in the last 60 years. At the beginning of this century it was accepted without question that the Universe was essentially uniform and static. […] Most people preferred to believe that the Universe had existed forever, because this avoided awkward questions about the initial data and about what happened before the beginning.”