British code-breakers gave the UK and US a vital advantage in the second world war by deciphering the enemy’s secret communications with techniques that were the precursors of modern computer technologies. Bletchley, an unremarkable town north of London, was known until the 1970s mainly as a railway junction. But a book published in 1974 revealed […]
Most people say they want to keep their personal information private, according to Professor Leslie John of Harvard Business School, but in practice they will reveal it for often trivial reasons or to win the approval of others. Privacy is an issue of great sensitivity in a digital age. Many people go to considerable lengths […]
In the battle to protect the security of digital information, a Swiss company has used quantum mechanics to develop a new form of cryptography which makes decoding data impossible – even as computers become much faster. The increasing processing power of computers is making it easier for hackers to decipher encrypted information by finding the […]
Israeli entrepreneur Oren Yakobovich has created Videre est Credere, a human rights organisation which helps communities to film and document the violence and corruption they experience, and distributes the material to create change. From his childhood, Oren Yakobovich had always wanted to join the Israeli defence forces. His parents had immigrated to Israel in 1967, […]
Increasing concerns about potential cyber attacks on satellites, energy installations and defence systems call for more creative threat responses, according to an expert in international security at a leading UK think-tank. The enormous growth in the processing power of computers has put great connectivity in the hands of users, but it has also offered great […]
Stocks in businesses that provide security solutions in a wide variety of market sectors are proving to be an attractive investment theme with growth fuelled by innovation, urbanisation and regulation. When Pictet Asset Management launched the Security Fund ten years ago, the security market was not seen as a strong or growing one. But today […]
Terrorist organisations intent on destroying their enemies are using increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks to damage critical infrastructure and kill large numbers of people, according to a former Israeli security chief. Governments and large organisations trying to protect themselves from large-scale cyber attacks face two primary challenges in the modern era, according to Doron Bergerbest-Eilon, the […]
Youthful entrepreneur Boyan Slat is pioneering a technology to remove the millions of tons of unsightly plastic trash floating on the surface of the world’s oceans, which endangers marine species and pollutes the human food chain. The five plastic garbage patches circulating in the world’s largest oceans have long been seen as a threat to […]
Our careful choice of companies has meant that we have written off only four investments over 15 years.
Advances in natural language understanding and generation will change the way that humans interact with computers and smartphones in sectors like healthcare – and also in personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri
The next few years will see a blossoming of AI-powered robo-advisors in other sectors than finance
Evolutionary computing uses the principles of biological evolution to learn, adapt and react
What the machine is telling us now is that the current period looks like the tail-end of a bull market
We will create robots which are no longer massive and rigid but softer, using plastics and elastic materials that resemble the structures found in human bodies
If anyone had asked us ten years ago to guess what would happen over the next ten years, we would have been deeply wrong
My father gave me a lot of responsibility for the development of the Flos brand, and also the freedom to make mistakes – a most precious gift.
Pictet was the first fund manager to try to capture the superior investment performance of premium brands
We spend a lot of time discussing governance, finding ways to talk together so that we can speak with one voice. It’s a lot of work, but we all get along together — which is not always the case with large family businesses
Zegna fabrics quickly became one of Italy’s most acclaimed exports, and the company is now the world’s largest luxury menswear brand.
Creed stands out as a discreet family-owned perfume house which is dedicated to the creation of highly original fragrances of extravagant quality