IBM launches 7nm chip for data centers – ICT news

IBM has unveiled its Power10 processor. This new chip for data centers will be manufactured by Samsung.

Power10 is a chip for data center systems and is manufactured using a 7 nanometer production process. According to IBM, the new processor is twenty times faster for AI tasks than its predecessor, Power9, released in 2017.

At the same time, it is also three times less energy consuming per socket. As a result, it can perform heavier workloads and therefore support up to three times as many users.

The fact that IBM is launching a production process at 7 nanometers is an important step. The lesser this process is, the more transistors the chip accepts and the less energy it consumes.

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Currently, its competitor Intel, the market leader in PC and data center processors, has not yet succeeded in manufacturing 7-nanometer chips. He does not expect to be able to do so before 2022-2023. As IBM is now capable of doing, this gives it a big advantage in the data center chip market.

Power10 is a chip for data center systems and is manufactured using a 7 nanometer production process. According to IBM, the new processor is twenty times faster for AI tasks than its predecessor, Power9, released in 2017, while at the same time it is also three times less energy efficient per socket. As a result, it can perform heavier workloads and therefore support up to three times as many users. IBM’s launching a 7-nanometer production process is a milestone. The lesser this process, the more transistors the chip accepts and the less energy it consumes. 7-nanometer chips. He does not expect to be able to do so before 2022-2023. As IBM is now capable of doing, this gives it a big advantage in the data center chip market.

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Registration begins today for the 2020 IBM Behind the Code Marathon

This Saturday, August 8, the IBM Behind the Code Marathon begins, an event born in Brazil that seeks to bring together the best developers in Latin America in order to promote innovation to “empower the next generation of developers” and that this 2020 has been extended to Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

It is a virtual competition where developers will learn to use and experiment with artificial intelligence and its use in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and Kubernetes (which will be available to participants through the IBM Cloud) with in order to solve real life problems.

“The main objective of this competition is to provide tools and content to developers, programmers, designers, students and programmers to apply their knowledge in a cloud architecture environment,” explained IBM

IBM’s Behind the Code Marathon consists of 42 days, 8 challenges, 6 countries. Developers, programmers, designers or coders over 18 years old who live in the participating Latin American countries can participate.

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The Marathon will be 100% digital. It will have two phases; In the first phase of 30 days, we will have a competition where leading companies and institutions in the industry will propose 8 business challenges. The 100 developers with the best stage scores will win a trip to a unique event on a Mexican beach and meet with sponsors.

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In the second phase of a day, the Grand Finale, the Top 100 developers will fight once again to become one of the Top 5 Master Devs in the region. The 5 champions will win a trip to an immersion program at the start-up accelerator, IBM Alpha Zone, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

If you are interested enter the official website of the event, registration is now open.

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Quantum computers: temperature jump in qubits

NArtificial intelligence considers the quantum computer to be the “next big thing” in the computer world. Because it calculates according to the rules of quantum physics, the computing machine should be able to search through large databases at lightning speed and process huge amounts of data extremely quickly – and recognize patterns in it for a classic supercomputer, despite intelligent algorithms, are difficult to discern. The reason for the superiority: a quantum computer not only processes bits, but also an infinite number of intermediate states, and that at the same time.

The carriers of qubits, as the information carriers of a quantum computer are called, can be ions in a particle trap, but also superconducting resonators or entangled electrons in a solid. However, most systems have the disadvantage that they only work reliably if they are cooled to close to absolute zero temperature (minus 273.15 degrees). The technical effort is correspondingly high. But there is a silver lining. For example, solid-state quantum computers may soon be able to operate in less frosty temperatures than has been the case up to now.

Qatten gate made of two “hot” quantum bits

Two research groups present in the journal “Nature” quantum bits made of silicon, which function reliably even at an operating temperature 15 times higher.

Luca Petit and Gertjan Eenink are working on their “hot” quantum bits at TU Delft.

For comparison: The systems “Q System” from IBM and “Sycamore” from Google require an operating temperature of 0.1 Kelvin (minus 273.05 degrees) for their superconducting quantum bits. All of these quantum computers still have to be cooled with liquid helium. However, even the slightest increase in operating temperature means progress, as the cooling effort is reduced and the associated costs are reduced.

Both the researchers led by Menno Veldhorst from the Technical University in Delft and the scientists led by Andrew Dzurak from the University of New South Wales in Sydney use the electron spin in tiny silicon structures, known as quantum dots, as quantum bits. Both groups use isotope-pure silicon. Together with technical improvements, Veldhorst and his colleagues have succeeded in raising the operating temperature of their silicon quantum bits to 1.1 Kelvin (minus 272.05 degrees). The researchers around Dzurak achieve an even higher temperature of 1.5 Kelvin (minus 271.65 degrees) by additionally using a special technique to read the quantum information of their qubits: electrons tunnel without any electrical resistance through a tiny contact to the control electrode . As a result, the quantum bits are less sensitive to noise and temperature fluctuations.

Henry Yang (left) and Andrew Dzurak on their quantum system. The experimental setup is outside the cryostat.

The researchers from Delft and Sydney each connected two quantum bits to each other via wires, thus realizing elementary quantum gates. Only one electron was trapped in each quantum dot. The quantum bits could be checked and manipulated with electric and magnetic fields and simple logical arithmetic operations performed.

However, the quantum systems from Delft and Sydney cannot compete with the performance of “IBM Q System” and “Sycamore”. These consist of 20 or 54 quantum bits. A correspondingly large number of quantum gates can thus be implemented.

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A woman’s shadow lies over SAP – Morning Briefing

Good morning dear readers,

if Germany can show something with pride in the battle of the big digital corporations, it is SAP from Walldorf, the invention of five ex-IBM forces 48 years ago. So it borders on self-harm that after only six months co-CEO Jennifer Morgan already logged out again. So forget all the great portraits of the first boss in the Dax, delete the hymns of praise of the chairman of the board and co-founder Hasso Plattner. According to our knowledge, the implosion at the top is also the result of an internal power struggle. Co-boss Christian Klein carries out a strong standardization and centralization, the American wanted the subsidiaries more independence to let. Even the PR candle from Walldorf cannot hide the dispute between vanities, according to which clarity and determination are necessary in the Corona period. Aristotle thought that to hide a mistake with a lie was to replace a spot with a hole.

In the beginning it advised Robert Koch Institute refraining from autopsying Covid 19 dead, it is too dangerous. From Basel in Switzerland, where there were fewer concerns, the first results of an examination of 20 coronavirus deaths are now coming. They suffered from high blood pressure and Overweight, but above all there was a serious disturbance of the Microcirculation the lungs – the oxygen exchange no longer worked. The Hamburg medical examiner Klaus Püschel also had 100 virus victims examined, according to a report by NDR, WDR and “Süddeutscher Zeitung”. Similar to Basel is also here none of the dead without previous illnesses been.

New York futurologist Amy Webb speaks this week in the “Handelsblatt Disrupt” podcast.

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Has become a trend researcher Amy Webb made a name worldwide. This week the New York professor speaks for Strategic future planning in the podcast “Handelsblatt Disrupt” with my colleague Sebastian Matthes. In the interview, Webb predicts the division of the world into two: in part with the People’s Republic of China and its partners, who used a digital surveillance infrastructure, as well as the rest of the other countries. China is using the crisis to expand the Artificial intelligenceto collect even more data, believes Webb. But data are like Algorithms the weapons of the future. And so it does Futurologist in the end worries “that the global pandemic will trigger an economic-technological war that we have never seen before”.

The days of rest in the Dax group Wirecard are over: Today, the final special report of KPMG’s auditors is to be published – on allegations dubious contracts and partners who have been featured in a Financial Times (FT) series. Bafin boss Felix Hufeld wants to study the work of the auditors carefully: “Payment service providers, like banks, must adhere to a comprehensive set of rules.” Bafin’s own investigations into who is involved strategic sales benefited from Wirecard shares prior to the release of “FT” items have been completed. The investigation by the Munich public prosecutor’s office, which uses the Bafin work, continues. According to our information, the German auditing agency for accounting has meanwhile also an investigation of the Wirecard balance sheet check initiated. So this company will soon be as open as an oyster after consumption.

Series hits like “Tiger King”: Netflix increases the number of paid subscriptions.

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Corona time is Netflix-Time. You follow “social distancing”, stay at home and watch series after series, film after film. There is nothing else to be inferred from the most recent figures, the Streaming primus announced last night. After that, the number of paid subscriptions rose in the first quarter by 15.8 million to almost 183 million – which exceeded both the own forecasts and the expectations of the analysts. Series hits like “Tiger King” around Joe Exotic and its big cat zoo are so well received that Netflix is ​​expecting 7.5 million new customers worldwide this quarter. Since the profit has also doubled at the moment, the share is growing again. The company of Reed Hastings is now worth more than the big rival Disney.

The Germans decided to end the season prematurely Handball player – and selected it THW Kiel according to an elaborated calculation model to master. in the Soccer After the Belgian league, the Dutch league also decided to end the season due to the corona restrictions. And in Scotland there is also an end in sight – that of the European association Uefa, contrary to what was announced, will not be punished with the exclusion of clubs from competitions. New regulations that take the corona virus into account are to be presented tomorrow, Thursday. That day, too German soccer Bundesliga decide that ghost games should continue in May. This is the only way to secure a rate of EUR 230 million from Sky for broadcasting rights – and many clubs first before broke rescue.

And then there’s the world performance artist Marina Abramovicwho first silenced her for years Online campaigns breaks against them. “Can’t you stop doing that?” Asks Abramovic, “don’t you see, that’s the art I’ve been doing for 50 years?” She really isn’t a “satanist” – a suspicion that her opponents have been stirring up since becoming one “Spirit Cooking” dinner loaded. Recently, ongoing anonymous online protests have resulted in Microsoft a work with Abramovic, who promoted digital technologies, removed from the YouTube platform after 24,000 dislikes. She is looking for a positive way out of the matter, says the native Serb, “anxiety is the worst human emotion ”.

I wish you a positive, completely fear-free day. And if it consoles you: in 2020 we will experience art and performances again in the museum.

Greetings to you warmly

Hans-Jürgen Jakobs
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Dow Jones, Nasdaq, S&P 500: Oil price chaos leads to further losses on the US stock exchanges

Oil prices have not yet recovered after the historic crash. This puts pressure on the three most important US indices, they close in the loss zone. .

IBM earns less – but maintains dividends

San Francisco This was not how Arvind Krishna imagined his entry. Born in India, he has been CEO of IBM. The disaster began in March. In the first two months of the year, IBM was still on target with its self-set goals. But then the full corona braking came.

IBM is the first company in the tech industry to present its figures. Giants like Microsoft, Amazon, alphabet, Alibaba or Oracle will follow. They will not be able to avoid every negative trend either.

On Monday, as expected, Krishna canceled all forecasts for 2020 due to the extreme uncertainty and at the same time emphasized the healthy balance sheet and financial situation of the company: “We will emerge from the pandemic more than we entered”, he promises to investors.

The cloud business is growing strongly. And the high dividend is also certain, he emphasizes. But Wall Street doesn’t want to hear about it at the moment. The stock plummeted by a good four percent.

March turned everything upside down. First, new business broke away because customers across the world suddenly changed their priorities. It was no longer about breaking into a new, digital millennium. Instead, the existing IT systems had to be prepared for the emerging corona crisis in an almost panic.

Within a few days, entire companies were converted to home offices that had never heard of them. IBM cites an insurer as an example, in which 40,000 employees were converted to remote work within a few days.

Overall, there have been clear shifts on the customer side. Above all, industries that predominantly rely on transactions, such as retail or car trading, suddenly saw themselves against nothing. Contracts have been canceled or not concluded.

Many contracts believed to be void

Financial institutions, payment processors, government organizations and important authorities in turn had to expand their IT in order to cope with the extreme increase in demand. For a children’s hospital in Atlanta, according to Krishna, IBM used the artificial intelligence “Watson”, for example, to set up a digital assistant to handle the countless calls from concerned parents. The system can answer over a thousand different inquiries. This greatly relieved the hospital and the staff.

But none of this was enough to compensate for the loss of contracts for business software that were actually believed to be safe. The industry traditionally brings contracts under wraps in the last two weeks of a quarter, said CFO James Kavanaugh. Now the signature dates had been canceled. Competitors Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Oracle may be affected.

The break-away was particularly noticeable among retail and automotive customers, it is said. But the CFO also emphasized that “around 70 percent” of IBM customers come from industries that, according to data from market researchers such as Gartner and IDG, are only “minimally” or “moderately” affected by Corona, such as credit card or utility companies.

In the end, from January to March, IBM had consolidated sales of $ 17.57 billion, compared to $ 18.18 billion a year earlier. Factset analysts had predicted $ 17.59 billion. Net earnings are reported at $ 1.18 billion, or $ 1.31 per share. Last year it was $ 1.59 billion, or $ 1.78 per share.

The new cloud division went particularly well with the acquisition of the software manufacturer “Red Hat”. $ 5.24 billion in sales are up five percent.

Red Hat had $ 1.1 billion in sales, which would have been an increase of 20 percent in isolation. But for accounting reasons, only 719 million of them can be reported, explains CEO Krishna. Nevertheless, the acquisition is still of crucial importance.

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IBM relies on the “hybrid cloud”. Here, the old existing IT infrastructure is merged with new IT in a cloud. The US group believes that it can offer companies fast and affordable cloud solutions. IBM sees a potential trillion market in the hybrid cloud.

“Global Business Services” performed well with $ 4.14 billion. Analysts had expected $ 3.91 billion. For example, strategic advice, system integration and all programming work are summarized here. Services that are in demand now. All in all, however, was not enough to compensate for the failures in business software.

Even if IBM does not provide a forecast for the further course of business, the CEO remains cautiously optimistic. Recurring sales from long-term contracts now accounted for 60 percent of IBM’s business, ten years ago it was less than 50 percent.

In April, the CEO also points out, there were “no significant deviations” in the subscription business with software or services, Krishna encouraged in an interview with analysts. He feels “pretty good” with it. That’s why IBM maintains the fairly high dividend yield of over five percent. Krishna is “very confident” that she is not in danger.

IBM paid $ 1.4 billion in dividends in the prior-year quarter that were covered by free cash flow. In the twelve months to the end of March combined, total free cash flow was $ 11.6 billion.

Free cash flow not only pays dividends, but also share buybacks or acquisitions. IBM stopped buying back shares in mid-2019. Cash and cash equivalents were three billion dollars higher than last year. Such numbers are currently important to survive in these times.

More: Many companies are back on or near their record prices. But the choice for investors is not easy. What investors should know.

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Oil price collapse also pushes the Dax down

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View of the Dax curve in the Frankfurt trading hall.


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Dusseldorf The German stock market cannot escape yesterday’s drop in the price of oil. The DAX is down 2.3 percent in the morning trade at 10,435 points.

The topic on the markets is the oil price collapse on Monday evening, which occurred in Germany after the market closed. In the United States, the price of oil plummeted for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sellers had to pay money for someone to take their oil: The price of the futures contract for the US variety WTI for May plummeted Monday by almost $ 56 to minus $ 37.63 a barrel (159 liters).

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Oil price collapse also pulls the Dax into the red

Dusseldorf The German stock market cannot escape yesterday’s drop in the price of oil. Of the Dax is down 1.9 percent in the first hour of trading at 10,473 points.

The topic on the markets is the oil price collapse on Monday evening, which occurred after Germany closed on the stock exchange. In the United States, the price of oil plummeted for the first time in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sellers have to pay money for someone to take their oil: The price for the US WTI futures contract for May plummeted Monday by almost $ 56 to minus $ 37.63 a barrel (159 liters).

Why this is relevant: Should the US oil industry with its many smaller companies come under even greater pressure, experts fear a wave of bankruptcies that could possibly also burden the financial sector.

The other burden is the new quarterly figures. Already on Monday, exchange expert Stephan Heibel warned after evaluating the Handelsblatt survey Dax-Sentiment: “Downside potential threatens during the reporting season, because company figures will show the extent of the economic damage of the quarantine measures in the coming days and weeks”.

This forecast became reality a day later: IBM was the first company in the US tech industry to present figures and, due to the extreme uncertainty, canceled all forecasts for 2020. Even if company boss Arvind Krishna emphasized the healthy balance sheet and financial situation of the company. After all, the “high dividend is certain”.

But Wall Street does not want to hear anything about it: the stock plummeted by a good four percent. And IBM paper also fell by around four percent on the German stock market.

In the US, the other technology giants are like Microsoft, Amazon (AWS Cloud), Google Cloud, Alibaba or Oracle will follow in the coming days. They will not be able to avoid every negative trend either.

In Germany, accordingly SAP– Share under pressure, which has to work out two negative reports. In addition to the weak numbers from IBM, the company separates from its co-boss Jennifer Morgan in the midst of the corona crisis. The 48-year-old will leave SAP on April 30.

The share loses 2.6 percent at the opening. The software manufacturer is the most valuable DAX company and, due to its high market capitalization, has the greatest influence of all 30 values ​​on the price development of the stock market barometer.

It doesn’t help that Europe’s largest software company made a significant profit in the first quarter. Between January and March, Walldorf residents earned 811 million euros. SAP had already released preliminary figures and had to cut its annual forecast due to the Corona crisis. The final indicators from SAP corresponded to the preliminary, a dealer said.

The requirements from overseas are weak: the oil price collapse has not only burdened the US stock exchanges, but has also clearly lost the Asian markets. Futures on the US selection index S&P 500 have turned negative after initial gains, signaling a weaker opening of the trade.

Look at the individual values

Drägerwerk: The medical technology manufacturer, which is very busy due to the corona pandemic, has apparently raised new capital. The manufacturer of ventilation machines and other devices for intensive care medicine claims to have gross proceeds of EUR 76.50 million from the issue of around one million preferred shares. The shares were placed with institutional investors by means of an accelerated placement process. The share loses 1.7 percent. Last week had the hedge fund Sandbar Asset Management its speculation on falling prices of the Drägerwerk share has increased to 0.71 percent three freely tradable shares.

Danone: Due to the uncertainties resulting from the corona pandemic, the French food company has now completely withdrawn its already reduced annual targets. The effects of the global shutdown are not foreseeable. In the first quarter, the group posted sales growth of 1.7 percent to 6.24 billion euros. The share loses 0.4 percent.

Sartorius: The laboratory supplier started the year with double-digit growth rates. With an increase in sales of 16.5 percent to EUR 509.9 million, the operating result rose by 20.9 percent to EUR 137.9 million. The Management Board raised its forecast for the full year and increased the share by 4.9 percent.

Look at other asset classes

The price of US oil is after its historic fall into negative territory on Tuesday again climbed slightly above zero dollars. With weak trading, the price of the US WTI futures contract rose by $ 39 in May to $ 0.94 a barrel (159 liters). In contrast, the price of the North Sea variety Brent fell by 3.6 percent to $ 24.67.

On Monday, the oil price in the United States plummeted by just under $ 56 to minus $ 37.63 a barrel (159 liters) due to the coronavirus pandemic, thus falling for the first time in its history.

The pandemic has caused global oil demand to collapse by almost a third. Buyers are faced with the problem that the oil storage capacity will soon be exhausted.

The yield differential remains on the bond market (Spread) between German and Italian government bonds at a high level. With a term of ten years, this value is 2.37 percent. The corresponding Italian bonds are currently returning at 1.944 percent and are approaching their monthly highs.

The European heads of state and government are unlikely to make a final decision about a reconstruction fund at the EU summit. That was what EU diplomats said. Chancellor Angela Merkel had already rejected so-called corona bonds yesterday.

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What the chart technique says

The leading German index is again approaching its important support zone, which is in the range of 10,391 to 10,279 points. From the second brand, the leading index started its rally in December 2018, which continued until a record high in February 2020. The brand was “confirmed” last Tuesday because the index ended trading right there.

Just below that there are so-called price gaps for which there were no quotes this year. The last gap would be closed at a Dax level of 10,097 points.

At 11,025 meters there is an important resistance on the top. There is the so-called 50 percent correction of the overarching trend, at which counter-movements very often end. Currently related to the Dax, this means that the downward trend has so far been from the record high in mid-February at 13,795 points to the low point in mid-March at 8255 points.

The 50 percent mark is accordingly at 11,025 points, i.e. exactly in the middle between record high and low point. With the increase to 10,820 points last Tuesday, the index of this brand has already approached.

Should the Frankfurt benchmark break this 11,025 point mark, the next resistance would be at 11,266 points, the August 2019 interim low.

Here is the page with the DAX course, here is the current tops & flops in the Dax. Current Short sales of investors can be found in our Short sales database.

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Investment experts were too euphoric

Frankfurt At the end of the week, many investors have regained their courage after there have been some hopeful reports in the fight against the corona virus.

Even if a drug to treat Covid-19 was found quickly, the way back to normality would be a long and rocky one, said portfolio manager Thomas Altmann from the investment advisor QC Partners. “The consequences of the economic lockdown at company level and the rise in the unemployment rate cannot simply be reversed.”

Timo Emden from the analytical company of the same name said something similar. “Investors are longing for the big hit in the corona pandemic,” he said. For the market, however, it is still clear that even an active ingredient is not a panacea for the affected global economy.

The German Leading index Dax climbed to 10,756 points on Friday. By the close of trading, however, he surrendered part of the profits and closed with a gain of almost 3.4 percent at 10,642 points. The development of the EuroStoxx 50 is similar: the European stock market index went out of trading with an increase of 2.7 percent at 2,888 points. In the US, investors were also initially in good spirits on Friday. The Dow Jones ended the year up 2.9 percent at 24,216 points.

Badly hit global economy

Jochen Stanzl, chief market analyst of the broker CMC Markets, compared the current increases in the stock market indices with the situation before the big sell-off in December and January. “Even now soaring technology stocks are driving like Netflix, Amazon and Tesla attention away from the fact that the real economy is in ruins, ”he said. “In the end, these companies will do good business, but they won’t save the global economy.”

Despite all the euphoria, the companies are “facing a major adjustment process, accelerated by the additional costs and burdens from the lockdown,” says Stanzl. At the moment, no one could say what the size of company closures would be in the end and how long it would keep stock exchanges from reaching the old highs.

In view of the relaxation of the contact restrictions, Jörg Krämer, chief economist at Commerzbankthat the economy will pick up strongly in the short term. “In the long term, however, there are considerable dangers – for example, due to the sharply increasing corporate debts caused by the crisis,” he said. A V-shaped upturn, i.e. a very rapid pickup in the economy, is unlikely. Rather, a gradual return to growth can be expected.

Jörg Krämer

The chief economist at Commerzbank expects the economy to pick up strongly in the short term.

In the coming week, the developments around the corona virus and current figures on the economic situation will continue to be the dominant topics on the markets. For example, stock marketers are eagerly awaiting the EU’s virus crisis summit next Thursday. Among other things, there will be a possible inclusion of jointly guaranteed debts to overcome the pandemic consequences.

In addition, shareholders will increasingly look at the quarterly figures of individual companies in the coming week. After companies in other countries have already submitted figures for the first quarter, the balance sheet season is now also beginning in Germany. The kick-off is as usual SAP.

In the current balance sheet season, a total slump in profits of 40 percent can be expected, said Ulrich Stephan, chief investment strategist for private and corporate customers at German bank. Nevertheless, he is optimistic: thanks to the multi-billion dollar aid packages from central banks and governments, investors are looking beyond current developments and are concentrating on profits in the second half of the year and 2021.

Entry into the stock market

Given the current price gains, some investors are wondering whether they have already missed the best opportunity to enter stocks. According to the DZ Bank analysts, the volatility will remain high for the time being due to the continuing uncertainties caused by the corona virus and further price setbacks cannot be ruled out. “From previous stock market cycles, we know that after a recession has bottomed out, the stock market has the highest and most sustained growth rates,” said DZ-Bank. “It will take some time before this low is reached. Our economists see this so far in the second quarter of 2020. “

Looking ahead to the coming years, the DZ Bank analysts expect: “By 2022/23, the Dax companies could earn as much again as in the previous record year 2018, and the Dax could reach its highest level again in 13,800 points in 2024.” Who in the continue to buy shares in the coming quarters, should achieve very good long-term investment results. However, it is important to only have shares in companies in the portfolio whose prospects are viewed positively over a three or five year period.

Altmaier wants to gradually ramp up the economy

This is how it will continue in the coming week:

Monday: At the beginning of the week, quarterly figures of Philips, Vivendi, and IBM expected. In Japan, figures on foreign trade are published in March, in Germany data on producer prices in March. The Bundesbank also publishes its monthly report.

Tuesday: The balance sheet season starts and SAP starts as usual. However, the software company had already published preliminary results in early April and lowered the full-year targets. In addition, Netflix, London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Coke Numbers before. The ZEW index provides information on the mood of German stock exchange professionals. UK unemployment figures come from London.

Wednesday: Preliminary data on consumer confidence in the euro zone are expected from Brussels. Lay at the company Alcoa, Ericsson, Caterpillar, Heineken and Roche first quarter figures.

Thursday: The publication of the GfK index will give an indication of the Germans’ buying mood. Alexander Roose, chief equity investor at asset manager Degroof Petercam, expects consumer confidence to “be severely impacted by the severe recession in the services sector due to rising health care costs and lower purchasing power”. In addition, the preliminary Markit purchasing manager index for the euro zone (industry, service, composite) is published. In the United States, the number of initial jobless claims for the week ending April 18 is published. Among other things, they provide insights into their books Credit Suisse, Volvo, Renault, Unilever and Intel.

Friday: At the end of the week, the Ifo index is on the schedule. It provides information about the mood on the German executive floors. Experts expect another slide to 77.2 points from 86.1 points in the previous month. In the United States, data on orders for durable US goods are also published. Experts expect a drop of 11.4 percent. Quarterly figures come from Sanofi, American Express and Nestle.

More: Yield in Corona times: With which investments you can still earn money

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With artificial intelligence for the environment

Dusseldorf Where there are only green spots on brown hills at a glance from above, the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the east of the US state of California shine with a click in a wide variety of colors, from neon yellow to deep red to azure blue – depending on the tree species. The number of trees per hectare and how much CO2 they process can also be found out in just a few seconds.

With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), the American start-up Silvia Terra has evaluated millions of data. “When Silvia Terra started, we had no idea how many trees there were in the United States. In the meantime, we have created a system that has counted over 90 billion trees across the country in a few weeks and can even show where they are, ”says Lucas Joppa, head of sustainability at the tech giant Microsoft in conversation with the Handelsblatt.

The US company promoted the small start-up from San Francisco through its “AI for the Earth” program and, above all, granted it access to its cloud and artificial intelligence programs. Now, however, the internet company wants to go one step further.

“We cannot solve a problem without fully understanding it. But so far, there is no way to network everyone and bring good ideas to a global level. We want to change that with the help of our project, Planetary Computer, ”announces Joppa.

The idea: A digital platform should process environmental data from all over the world with the help of machine learning and computer-aided processes and make the results available to scientists, companies, governments and nature conservationists. These can then also network via the “Planetary Computer”. With the help of big data, an overview of the complex ecosystems of the planet is to be created.

“We often fly blind when it comes to the health of our environment. We have to close the digital gap in what we know about ourselves and what we know about the rest of the world. And this gap is big, ”warns Joppa. He is convinced that the use of AI in the fight against climate change will play an important role.

But there is much more to it than understanding climate change with AI programs. An increasing number of projects are also using AI to improve air and water quality, stop biodiversity loss or combat illegal fishing and predict natural disasters.

In its study “The fourth industrial revolution for the earth”, the World Economic Forum lists more than 80 possible uses and is already talking about a veritable sustainability revolution that could trigger AI in the field of environmental protection.

But there are many risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence. Hackers could attack early warning systems for natural disasters or even shut down the power grid. “Transparency of artificial intelligence is a big issue. There definitely has to be more research going on, ”warns AI expert Oliver Zielinski from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. That is why it is particularly important that there is not only data-driven AI, but that knowledge is also incorporated into the algorithms. Then machine learning can be a big help for climate change. “Without AI, we will not be able to win the fight against climate change.”

However, a great deal of data available to scientists is out of date because animals change their habitats, temperatures rise and currents change. For example, for a joint project with the World Bank, Zielinski is keeping an eye on the plastic flows in the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar and their movements using computer-aided programs.

Platform goes online this year

Zielinski also sees deficits in the joint networking of the different disciplines. “The toolbox has to be visible so that it can expand,” says the AI ​​expert. Zielinski agrees that Microsoft is now taking the first step in this direction, but at the same time emphasizes that the acquisition and processing of the data collected must be “as transparent as possible”, especially for a listed large corporation.

Also Google, IBM and other tech groups are now promoting the use of artificial intelligence for climate protection. “And yet we are still at the very beginning,” says Microsoft manager Joppa.

The company from Redmond plans to bring its global platform online as early as this year. “Governments provide tons of data for their citizens, which we will combine with the data from our cloud. And of course, scientists and others should also be able to share and store their own data if they want to, ”explains Joppa. Despite the corona crisis, the tech group did not want to wait for its announcement. “Even now our planet still has to be saved.”
Only a few months ago, Microsoft had announced that it would take more CO2 out of the atmosphere by 2030 than it would cause itself. Not only car, coal and steel groups are under great pressure with regard to their environmental balance, also the tech companies have to improve their CO2 balance. Because more and more data consume more and more energy. According to estimates, the digital industry is already responsible for almost four percent of global emissions.

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