Summit Europe, Singularity University’s First Public Event, Coming November 15-16 To Budapest
This special two-day program will play host to a theater of 800 to be held at the historic Franz Liszt Academy of Music and will profile some of Singularity Universitys most in-demand faculty, including co-founder Ray Kurzweil. The program aims to stimulate an awareness and discussion among the public of the global impact that exponential technologies will have in shaping our future whether youre an executive, policy maker or entrepreneur. A preview of the event is highlighted in the following video: Over the course of the program, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the robotics revolution, the security challenges of an increasing digital world, the future of energy, innovations in biotech and medicine that are transforming the role of physicians, and the resulting impact on ethics, society, the economy, and the regulatory environment. Participants will understand what these changes mean for future business opportunities in Europe and beyond. Furthermore, a showcase of the breakthrough startups accelerated at Singularity University Labs will highlight the entrepreneurs and innovators working to improve the lives of billions around the world. In parallel, free design and technology workshops (open to the public) will also be held in downtown Budapest that will host hands-on workshops for kids including topics related to robotics, strawberry DNA and the tools of 3D printing. Even though the Summit isnt until November, the excitement surrounding the event is already building. Last Thursday in Budapest, Singularity University held a launch party for the Summit Europe hosted by the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest. U.S. Commercial Counselor, Robert Peaslee, was in attendance with a host of regional organizations to celebrate Singularity Universitys 5th anniversary and the upcoming November event. This is an incredible opportunity to join innovators, executives, and policy makers to understand the opportunities presented by the defining technologies of our age. Bringing Singularity University to Budapest has been spearheaded by a passionate team of alumni; they includeSummit Europes Founding Directors Botond Bognar and Csaba Szabo, both part of SUs Ambassador program in Europe, in conjunction with Ann Rogan, Director of Global Development at SU. To learn more about Summit Europe, you can download the brochure , view the Summit Europe website , or register through the Summits designated portal .
Europe’s economic rebound to boost industrial metals demand
“In a couple of markets, lead and tin, which look finely balanced at the global level today, European recovery could be the difference that tips these markets into deficit overall.” While not swinging the copper market into deficit, European recovery should help reduce the surplus in the red metal, Hobbs said. Europe is still the world’s No. 2 buyer of industrial metals but its debt crisis and recession have hammered demand for them, with double-digit declines from pre-crisis levels. Copper and steel have posted falls of about a fifth while the steepest decline came in tin, where demand sank by almost 25 percent from 2008 to 2012, Hobbs said. But the euro zone emerged from a 1-1/2-year recession in the second quarter, with growth of 0.3 percent, and German analyst and investor sentiment jumped more than expected in September. [ ID:nL5N0HD1G0 ] “Overall, Europe seems to have reached an important inflection point. The recovery in the euro zone should be sustainable, despite an unimpressive pace and the risk of fresh setbacks,” UBS economist Reinhard Cluse said in a note. PENT-UP DEMAND UBS this week raised its euro zone growth forecast for next year to 1.1 percent from 0.8 percent and expects the area’s industrial output – correlated with base metals performance – to rise 1.9 percent next year after falling 1.0 percent in 2013. Demand for metals may undergo a burst of activity as consumers and businesses become more confident about the future. “You’ll go through a period of pain where you don’t replace anything, but over time these assets depreciate so you’ll need to replace them,” said Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis in London. “If you’re a household, you’ve got things like a house, car, white goods, and similarly on the corporate side, I think there will be pent-up demand to replace plants, machinery and vehicles that have gradually aged.” Europe accounts for about 15 percent of global consumption of most industrial metals, with nickel higher at 20 percent and carbon steel lower at 12 percent. Those numbers are based on the metal content of goods made in Europe, but actual demand would be higher after accounting for imports of products containing metals. Macquarie expects the lead market to be balanced next year, but a rise in European demand by 1 percent for the metal mainly used in batteries would mean 15,000 tonnes more consumption, potentially sending the market into deficit. For lead and tin, the average tonnage lost to declining market demand in Europe over the last four years is more than any surplus expected in the global market next year, Hobbs said.
Azerbaijan Signs New Gas Deals With Europe, Snubs Russia
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