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Jacobo Elosua
Madrid
http://ezaromedia.typepad.com/blog/
Interests: Entrepreneurship, financial advisory, start-up investments, digital media, audiovisual production, literature, music, politics, civic activism and sports.
Recent Activity
Article published in Medium on one of the key aspects of Iris.ai’s Project Aiur. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week a journalist published an aggressive article on a couple of Spain’s leading digital entrepreneurs. The journalist, Analía Plaza, currently works as freelance for various media. The medium that published the article, El Confidencial, is arguably Spain’s most successful native digital newspaper. The Encinar brothers –Jesús and Fernando–, on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Over the last couple of years we have witnessed increasing societal concerns regarding the expected impact of artificial intelligence development in the jobs market. This report from Goldman Sachs provides a fine example. Beyond making some commonplace assertions, such as the fact that “while the benefits of technological progress are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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Scientific knowledge is arguably the ultimate decentralized system, particularly as we have transitioned from analogue into digital. By design and intention, the body of information forming scientific knowledge has the following characteristics: (1) in essence, it is not controlled by a central agent and is, by and large, individual node-independent;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at Jacobo Elosua
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My generation was brought up believing we lived in democracy. In fact, democracy was not only a ubiquitous reality, albeit still a young one in Spain; it was also the uncontested normative optimum from a political viewpoint. However, I would contend that the evolution of certain key aspects of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Los resultados de la prueba oficial de evaluación al finalizar sexto curso de primaria se presentan a los padres mostrando tres comparativas para cada una de las cuatro asignaturas evaluadas: Lengua, Matemáticas, Inglés, y Ciencia y Tecnología: (1) su grupo; (2) su centro; y, (3) un conjunto de centros considerados... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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We are happy to announce that our baby Iris.ai has taken another little step – this time bringing our free users some new useful features we believe will make lives a bit easier. We are introducing Bookmarks and History, which require being logged in with an (entirely free, forever!) Account... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Sunday will be a sad day. The illegal referendum called by the Catalonian authorities will come to a head. The Spanish state, and its executive, legislative and judiciary branches cannot and will not stand in the sidelines whilst the country’s constitution is flagrantly violated. This means that, in all likelihood,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
This piece in Quartz focused on a lesser-known US college –St. John’s– where things are done quite differently. Away from current trends towards offering students an increasingly wide array of subject choices, this contrarian institution has reaffirmed itself in the needed return to the roots of the liberal arts curriculum.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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A couple of weeks ago we published Civio's 2016 Management Report. As in previous years, this is a critical exercise for us. It offers a unique chance to pause and reflect on a full year of activity, focusing on the impact obtained, the lessons learnt and the challenges that still... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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It has been almost six months since Iris.ai joined Founders Factory in London. In this time our progress as a company has been strong. Post acceleration, as the program nears its end for us, we can honestly say we now are a stronger team, with clear progress to show on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
The other day I came across an interesting article in The Guardian. It was titled, rather unorthodoxly: “Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us”. Its author, Kate Raworth, writer of the “Doughnut Economics – Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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Tim Urban has produced, once again, a fascinating piece on one the topics that will likely shape what our future looks like. This time focusing his attention on Elon Musk and the sheer ambition on his most recent project: Neuralink. If successful in building his targeted brain-machine (or brain-computer) interface,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
Theatre, good theatre that is, has a unique role in society. There is no better instrument to throw reality back at the public, with the well-studied intention of provoking a reaction, whichever that reaction may be. No book, movie or alternative cultural artefact is better equipped to achieve this particular... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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I was quite amused reading the wide-ranging reactions to Mark Zuckerberg's recent note on, as he sees it, Facebook's role in the world going forward. As an NPR report put it, these reactions went from extreme cynicism to genuine praise, with some intermediate stops in places like naïve-as-hell land. TechCrunch,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
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The start of 2017 has hit me with a couple of unpleasant, heath-related episodes. Nothing serious, but when I was proudest of my Saint Sylvester run on the evening of December 31st, a first for me in a growingly popular Spanish 'thing', my body reacted in protest, and all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Jacobo Elosua
As 2016 draws to a close, two things stand out as momentous achievements that I have yet to briefly write about. On the Civio side, our data journalism facet obtained extraordinary international recognition, with our outstanding team of overachievers managing to secure not one, but two of the most highly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Our wonderful projects team at Civio, led by Eva Belmonte, has just released ‘Quién Cobra la Obra’ (or QCLO), the most ambitious attempt yet of making Spain’s public contracting data (seven years worth of it) fully searchable, transparent and apprehensible for any citizen. QCLO offers both bottom up granularity and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week I read an article by Nicholas Taleb that caught my eye. Although I have a good deal of respect for Taleb’s original, provocative thinking, I also have a strong tendency to dislike unnecessarily aggressive tones and overly simplistic arguments. Summing it all up, the article left me an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
I was already a big fan of Israeli historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari. His book Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind was simply mesmerizing. While I was impatiently awaiting the release of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, I came across this gold nugget in the form of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a one week course at MIT (Sloan). Thanks to Fundación Rafael del Pino -thank you Vicente and Oihana!-, I was one of 30+ students interacting with some of the world’s most prestigious professors gaining insights on the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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I copy below what I wrote in Iris AI's blog: -------------------------------------------------- Iris tries very hard to figure out the key concepts embedded in all the great science-related content we are continuously feeding her. But she is a young AI, and we still have a long road ahead before she can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
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Last week I had a long chat with one of the international donors that has backed the work carried out at Civio since David and I founded the organization at the end of 2011. At one point of the conversation I was asked about what accomplishment did I feel the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua
On the back of two weeks spent in Palo Alto making good progress with Iris AI, it is more difficult that ever to make sense of some of the events that we witness at home, particularly when it comes to politics. The never-seen-before solid elector backing of four solid nationwide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Jacobo Elosua