Julian Chillingworth, Chief Investment Officer
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We may not realise it, but artificial intelligence (AI) has been a part of our daily lives — working quietly in the background — for decades. Now more advanced AI is beginning to take a front-seat role. Just how much will we come to rely on this technology and what risks does it pose to us?
In some ways, retail is going through a similar transformation to that of the auto industry, when greater automation and systems seeped into manufacturing decades ago. Nowadays, retail shopping is less about swamping high streets with clothes or sofas in every size and colour. Far better to save your property budget for creating a huge and efficient logistics network to deliver what consumers want, to their door, overnight. In this just-in-time environment, quality data is pivotal. But, very few companies have it, and they tend to reside in Silicon Valley.
New technologies and shifting personal values are changing the way we donate to charities as well as the types of organisation we prefer, says James Brennan, investment director and head of business development at Rathbones.
Want to measure the pulse of the global economy? Ask Dr Copper, or so the adage goes. Copper is all around us. You need it to build a house, a car and a hairdryer. The red metal is even one of the most intensively used raw materials in the green energy revolution — more electrical motors, more battery packs (but fewer internal combustion engines) means more copper wiring. So demand for copper ebbs and flows with the ups and downs of the business cycle.
Britain is a small, open economy. ‘Small’ may sound a bit strange when by GDP, the UK is the fifth-largest country in the world. But, in fact, we only contribute 2% of global GDP, which means that we aren’t big enough to unilaterally influence global prices, interest rates, or the global economy at all. We are a small economy and we have some big problems, but a Brexit wobble won’t derail the whole global economy.
500 students, 4 schools, 5 books and 1 ambition - to help young people find and retain their joy of reading, which has been shown to provide long-term personal and educational benefits.
Rathbones continues its support of the Livery Companies with the sponsorship of the City Food Lecture 2019