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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.
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Criticar la metodología tradicional de la educación en España resulta prácticamente un lugar común. ¿Quién no ha estado en conversaciones, con familiares, amigos, o padres de compañeros de colegio de sus hijos, y ha derivado sin remedio en una ristra de quejas sobre lo decepcionante que resulta el escasísimo grado... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at Jacobo Elosua
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Civio is a singular, amazing project born just over ten years ago. Last month, coinciding with this special anniversary –and with the Russian invasion of Ukraine too–, the organisation received one of the biggest honours it could aspire to. Powered by a superb, small team of ten full time employees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at Jacobo Elosua
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Volodymyr –Vova– was our first employee at Iris.ai. A complete superstar. Like Iryna, who is nearing full term with her first pregnancy. Or Denis, who fathered a baby, his first born, only a few months ago. Yevhenii has just joined us, but I am sure that, with time, he will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at Jacobo Elosua
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Antonio Pau is Spain’s biggest expert in the figure of Hölderlin, the eighteenth-century German poet who reached lyrical greatness in a life full of duress. In a January 2022 conference, Pau quoted Rainer Maria Rilke –I think– as saying that no poetry can be properly translated, not even the bad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Jacobo Elosua
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Pinchas Gutter is a Canada-based Holocaust survivor, educator, and frequent guest lecturer. His ordeal during World War Two is hard to put into words, but it included seeing his parents and sister being killed by the Nazis at an extermination camp. In recent years Gutter has received additional public attention... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
I stumbled upon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie via pure serendipity. The close proximity of her Americanah novel title to Bhu Srinivasan’s brilliant Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism did the trick. I was hunting for more essays on the last few centuries of socio-economic development and ended bitten by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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Iris.ai is deep into a crucial strategic transition. After years invested in developing our algorithmic core for the machine understanding of scientific text, we are now launching a unique, content-centric researcher workspace. With this AI-powered workspace, which incorporates frontier NLP technology, researchers of all affiliations –corporate, academic, independent– will be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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Mastering the art of collaboration –and intellectual collaboration specifically– requires taking many lessons. One of those is on how to give comments and feedback to others. With a long trajectory throughout human history, joint work on a specific output –be it a paper, a sketch, a project plan, or a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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Uncertainty makes predicting the future fundamentally difficult. Anyone with a true edge in anticipating what the future will hold would do well in starting a fund to profit from it. And yet, there is a growing army of professionals –often referring to themselves as futurists– trying to master the skill... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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Life often feels like being under siege, with simultaneous attacks from two flanks. On the East, ‘impostor syndrome’, which refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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In my social media bios, I have often described myself as a digital knowledge fanatic. With that I try to encapsulate my excitement about how digital technologies hold almost infinite potential of helping us better understand just about every aspect of the world. From the immediate availability of nearly everything,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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The novel by Kirmen Uribe has left me with a feeling similar to that experienced when I read fellow Basque writer Galder Reguera’s “Libro de Familia” –Family Book–. The two novels revel in their treasured microcosms of remembrance and enquiry. And despite acknowledging some sparks in both author’s literary universes,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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“Decálogo del buen ciudadano”, el último libro de Víctor Lapuente, tiene un arranque muy difícil de olvidar. Con independencia de ser alguien que conozco y a quien genuinamente aprecio, ese comienzo es sin duda uno de los motivos por los que Lapuente captó toda mi atención durante la lectura de... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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It is often said that we overestimate what can be done in a short amount of time, but equally underestimate what can be achieved with persistence over the longer run. Civio, the independent Spanish non-for-profit Civil Society Organization we co-founded in 2011 provides a beautiful example. In the last couple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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Sometimes you need a trigger. You just don’t know what that trigger is. “I have no money, no resources, and no hope. I am the happiest man alive.” I came across the quote. It is probably the best-known one from Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. The provocative declaration, combined with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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As politics continue to deteriorate, with previously unimaginable episodes like the pro-Trumpers' storming into the US Capitol on January 6th, we would be wise to consider alternative designs to how we citizens express our political preferences, too often captured by entrenched radical interest groups and artificially-fed polarisation. A recurring thought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Jacobo Elosua
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This has not been the best of years. A global pandemic without precedent over the last 100 years hit the world hard. In my family's case, infection has so far affected my wife and mother-in-law, with almost no complications. More devastatingly, though, it meant that we had to say goodbye... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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Earlier this month the European Commission kindly published an article on the work that, with their support –secured via the LEDGER program, under the Next Generation Internet initiative–, our team at Iris.ai has been doing since mid 2019 on the knowledge validation front. Check it out –link here– for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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In his “Letter to the Father” –“Brief an den Vater” in its German original– Franz Kafka presents us with a tremendously original epistolary approach to parental relationships. The 45 pages long letter provides a crude, insightful diagnostic of his father’s personality and their respective differences. It includes passages like: “Compare... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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The Covid-19 pandemic has put an enormous amount of pressure on everything and everyone. In these new circumstances we all have to keep a close eye on our own health, and on that of those around us. I have found out that, as someone with a specific vulnerability to infectious... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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Randi Hjalmarsson is a labor economist by training who has ended up conducting extensive research on the economics of crime and the criminal justice system. With a PhD in economics from Yale University and currently a professor of economics at the University of Gothenburg, she has dug deep into issues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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John Donne, the pre-eminent 16th century representative of the metaphysical poets, considered by some to be the greatest love bard in the English language, gifted us a particularly beautiful reflection. In his Meditation XVII, “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”, he wrote: “No man is an island entire of itself; every man... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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The current wave of new tech developments is transforming the outlook for research and development activities all around the world. Artificial Intelligence, robots, quantum computing and beyond. With the help of new tools, we are fast approaching a new paradigm in R&D. At Iris.ai we are playing a part in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
The world needs good quality information; arguably now more than ever. The global challenges faced, like the COVID-19 pandemic, together with the depressing levels of polarisation seen across nations increasingly antagonised by their elected officials, deserve every effort we can make to advance in that direction. Take the Spanish Government,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua
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In Sam Harris’ conversation with General Stanley McChrystal and ex-Navy Seal Chris Fussell, co-authors of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World” (Making Sense podcast #195, April 2020), one of the guests said something that really stuck. The dialogue was focused of SARS-CoV-2 and the privacy-threatening... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Jacobo Elosua