European Business Reads: Shaping the Future – Digital Vikings, AI, and Blockchain

There’s much going on in Europe when it comes to technology. Read on and stay in the know about Finland’s new and bold Artificial Intelligence initiative, Sweden startups and how they earned the title of digital Vikings, as well as Switzerland’s role in blockchain hub today and tomorrow.

How Sweden’s startups became Europe’s digital Vikings

Sweden is an Eden-like country for tech startups, and that’s no news. If you want to start an innovative business, Sweden offers top-notch infrastructures, simple regulations, and smart tax legislation. For their series of Growth Stories, TNW has been interviewing many CEOs of fast-growing Swedish companies. All startups’ products were, at the end, variations on the same business theme: make content valuable again. Read the full story and learn more about habits that make the land of Nobel Prize, Volvo, and Ikea highly effective in the digital era.

Finland’s ambitious plan to teach anyone the basics of AI

In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China, so the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of Artificial Intelligence to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people. Find out what is at the heart of this economic push, and what prompted Teemu Roos, the mastermind behind the course, to begin the project in the first place. Full article here.

Switzerland as a Blockchain Hub today and tomorrow

“If you take a look at the Silicon Valley for reference, two characteristics are crucial to its success: investors and talent.” –  Alexander Denzler.

Digital transformation is here to stay. That’s why it’s essential to continually foster dialogue to increase awareness for all that is and will be digital. Digitalisation brings not only opportunities but also risks that need to be addressed and taken seriously. For this article, Nicolas Bürer, Managing Director DigitalSwitzerland, talked to Alexander Denzler, Head of Blockchain Lab at the University of Applied Science in Lucerne and Director of the Crypto Valley Conference, about everything blockchain-related and Switzerland’s role in it.


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