Posts tagged 'Camp Alphaville'

Rise of the robots: Hug your jobs tight

There is no doubt the rise of the robots has thrown the future of work itself into question. Will we see a rise of the useless class?

It seems the drumbeat of the robot and jobs apocalypse grows ever louder by the day, but while some workers have been replaced by machines, elsewhere the human has proven more resilient than perhaps expected. And perhaps the elimination of menial tasks has freed us up to do more interesting work. Simultaneously, cheap labour has made it more efficient to turn humans into automatons than to displace us entirely. Read more

Is the atomic weight of cobalt 58.9?

It is.

And is the connection between China Molybdenum and Freeport, one of Africa’s largest copper mines — which it bought for $2.7bn earlier this month — also something to do with cobalt? It surely is too. China’s security of cobalt supply. Read more

The never ending research note on ageing (yes, that one)

A couple of weeks ago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch put out a research note titled: “The Silver Economy — Global Ageing Primer”.

The document, by equity strategists Beija Ma, Sarbjit Nahal and Felix Tran, is long. Really long. Like, 232-pages long. And people are scared they might be subsumed into the silver economy before they finish it.

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If it’s free, it’s not neutral

In the run up to Camp Alphaville on July 1, we’re profiling the panels and discussions we’ve got lined up by trying to explain why we chose the subject in the first place.

So here’s the rationale and background to the “End of the Free Internet” panel which I will be moderating at noon on the day, featuring the FT’s chief commercial officer, Jon Slade, Deutsche Bank’s chief data officer JP Rangaswami, Ctrl-Shift’s strategy director Alan Mitchell, and Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion and general besserwisser.

The premise is simple: the days of free content, free web platforms, free digital services and freemium generally may be coming to an end.

The key to this about turn is the long term un-sustainability of cross-subsidised business models based on advertising or data resale, as well as the true cost of supporting and protecting our internet infrastructure from tragedy of the commons side-effects. When the bow breaks — and it will, because fixed costs are a real thing, people don’t like watching ads, and privacy is a big deal — the economic impact could be much more severe than anyone expected. Read more

A chance for some real world virtual reality

How about this for a wheeze?

Tell your boss that on July 1 you are going to some boring conference called the FT’s Festival of Finance in the City, where you’ll be able to focus on some potentially market-moving remarks from the ECB’s chief economist, Peter Praet, and also catch a discussion with one of the sharpest financial brains on the planet, Hyun Song Shin.

But really it’s Camp Alphaville, so you can also grab a VR headset and play this as well! Read more

If you’ve already purchased a ticket for our festival, this will irritate the hell out of you

There’s a discount. Just for today.

And there’s a code: Friday13th. Use it here.

The authorities here had led the Alphaville team to believe there would be no special price reductions for the FT’s Festival of Finance (née Camp Alphaville) on July 1, at the Honourable Artillery Company, London EC1. There was supposed to be just one high-value rate: £120, including VAT.

That’s turned out to be rubbish. Read more

Camp Alphaville 2016: The rundown

This year Camp Alphaville has been rebranded the FT’s Festival of Finance.

It’s on July 1, at the usual place: The HAC Royal Artillery Gardens, just by Moorgate.

More info about the venue, ticket prices and registration details can be found here.

But now… the much awaited details of our jam-packed agenda. (Some of the timings and panels, though, are still subject to change.) Read more

The (slightly less) Great Camp Alphaville Quiz

No, we haven’t forgotten about the rest of you.

The 2014 Great Alphaville Quiz was such a hit that we decided to team up with Marketcolor – a London-based news app and content marketing agency. They developed a spiffy new real-time multiplayer quiz for CampAV 2015.

By popular demand — we’ve put the app up online*. Read more

You asked for more Pozsar. We give you more Pozsar.

Credit Suisse’s Zoltan Pozsar’s slides from Camp Alphaville on The Global Financial Ecosystem 2000-2020: Evolution, Disruption, Calibration, and the paper upon which they are based, below.

Do click through this, in no way simple, chart for the former:

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Camp Alphaville bonus impromptu iPhone video: Lorcan v Lars on Greece and the euro

Should Greece want to leave the euro? Lorcan Roche Kelly and Lars Christensen debate a recent post over at Lars’s blog. A fun and vigorous debate but some possibly NSFW language:

Camp Alphaville videos: Zoltan Pozsar on the shadow banking system

Last one — a chat with Zoltan Pozsar (in front of the Faces of Alphaville shooting gallery) on the safety of the US financial system, global regulatory architecture, and the Fed’s reverse repo facility:

Camp Alphaville videos: Is GDP losing its relevance?

Cardiff Garcia chats with Diane Coyle, the head of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics about the diminishing relevance of GDP. They also touch on the risks of big data and the ethical issues surrounding it. Diane highlights what building strategies we should be adopting from the Victorians.

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Camp Alphaville videos: Around the world in five minutes

Cardiff Garcia and George Magnus take a tour of the world’s market from a marquee at Camp 2015 — covering why EMs need to get more growth from less input, why although China has a plan, there’s very little proof it has a good plan, why the difference between Greece today and Greece in 2012 is Spain and why the US story is less depressing than the rest. Read more

Camp Alphaville videos: The dark net’s reluctant kings

In which FT Alphaville’s Izabella Kaminska and Henry Farrell, political economy professor at George Washington university discuss the process by which anarchic markets self-organise into governmental structures… whether they like it or not. Read more

Camp Alphaville videos: Transhumanism

For those who couldn’t join the FT Alphaville team in the sweltering heat on Wednesday at Camp Alphaville, here’s a recap courtesy of the FT video team.

Cardiff Garcia starts by asking Zoltan Istvan — writer, futurist, philosopher and 2016 US presidential candidate for the Transhumanism party — what exactly is transhumanism all about? Read more

We’ve gone Camping…

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What to wear at Camp Alphaville

Well, you won’t need your wellies. Here’s the forecast for Wednesday…

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BREAKING: Last minute Greek emergency session at Camp Alphaville

We too can rip up our promised programme to respond to the evolving wants and desires of the Camp Alphaville polis.

As of pixel time, Wednesday’s “The Untouchables: The Saga of Weird Emerging Market Sovereign Bonds” debate becomes the “Last minute Greek emergency session” panel — to be moderated by our resident sovereign default expert Joseph Cotterill (who also doubles up as the FT’s private equity correspondent).

Joseph will be joined by:

  • Paul McNamara, Investment Director, Emerging Markets, GAM Holding AG
  • Gabriel Sterne, Head of Global Macro Research, Oxford Economics
  • Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Professor of Banking and Finance Law, Queen Mary University London

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What’s the true value of a vomiting camel?

Aesthetic delight, historical artefact or a top quality investment?

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Mystery short seller unmasked

Ok, only a mystery because we hadn’t announced it before, but Dan Yu of Gotham City Research will be joining us at Camp Alphaville next week to chat about his work, the business of digging into companies which are less than they seem, and the outlook for short selling more generally.

You can read some of his thoughts on the latter here, a response to our post on the need for more shorters, and the New York Times on the lonely life of the short seller, six years into a bull market.

We’ll be on the Alphaville couch at 4pm, so mark your agenda. Expect discussion of Dan’s latest target, Endurance International, as well as Plus500, Gowex, Hanergy, and Blinkx, along with everyone’s favourite technological conglomerised Aim market shambles. We may have some new ideas to talk about as well… Read more

Lord, won’t you buy me a core €-denominated Mercedes Benz

You may have thought this was just a car…

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Learn to trade China’s A-shares like a pro or your money back*

Want to avoid market whiplash being driven by a whiplash president and crack the price-to-whatever ratio?

Come join our China panel at Camp Alphaville to find out how to make money up Shibor Creek! Read more

Queen plays Berlin – offering an obvious caption comp…

Two fab, access-all-areas tickets to Camp Alphaville on Wednesday available to the winner here.

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Camp Alphaville ft. ‘Forever Young’

Do you want to live forever?

How about be Forever Young?

Because, apparently, according to Aubrey de Grey, gerontologist and co-founder of the California-based Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (Sens) Foundation, there’s now an 80 per cent chance of escaping old age and ill-health indefinitely for all of us alive today. Read more

Through London’s posh-door/poor-door keyhole

Selling flashy apartments in London is good business. As the FT’s Lex column reported last week, Berkeley Group, one of the most well known premium house builders, achieved a pre-tax return on equity of 29 per cent in its latest year-end results. Read more

Come along and throw the first stone

From: xxxxxx
Sent: Friday, 5 June 2015 16:01
To: Martin Wolf; Gillian Tett
Reply To: xxxxxx

Subject: Camp Alphaville

OMG! As the kids say. “Peace. Love. Higher Returns.” With the lead
speaker “Andrew Fastow, former CFO, Enron”!!! Higher returns through
fraud: great extension of the FT ‘s brand….

Dr. xxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx xxxxxx
University of Cambridge

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Wanna show us your artistic side?

At the up and coming Camp Alphaville festival (July 1, HAC, City of London, it should be in your diary), we’ll have one of these…

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Information for Camp Alphaville ticket holders only

Just a quick note.

There’s a pre-Camp dinner at the lovely Bleeding Heart restaurant on the evening of June 30.

Early purchasers of Camp Alphaville tickets have been offered places — on the understanding that the dinner is primarily aimed at those flying in to London for the event… Read more

What does Bilderberg have in common with Camp Alphaville?

What-used-to-be the world’s most secretive summer-retreat/talking shop, Bilderberg (less secret now they have a website) is convening in Austria over the next four days.

Promised topics include:

Artificial Intelligence
Chemical Weapons Threats
Current Economic Issues
European Strategy
Middle East
United Kingdom
US Elections

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The Great Camp Alphaville Quiz — call for entries

Think you are smart and know stuff? Do you have two or three friends or colleagues who are similarly gifted?

Prove it.

Enter our fab quiz at 6pm on July 1 at Camp Alphaville, under canvas on the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, London. Read more