Dip of the day
CeBit's fun factor
A visitor to Germany’s CeBit computing and consumer electronics show takes a dip in the ball bath at the IBM booth. The trade event, which opened on Wednesday, chose to add a fun factor alongside the exhibitions and networking. Among the new attractions: a Ferris wheel and live concerts. Source:
Graph of the day
The German national team's new fan jersey is, well, not exactly what you'd call a bargain at €90. At the World Cup games in 2006, it cost €65, by no means cheap but affordable for many. The producer, Adidas, attributed the cost increase to higher prices it pays for materials, wages and transportation. But maybe the markup had to do with the €50 million Adidas paid DFB, the German football association, to renew its sponsoring contract – double the previous amount.
Fan of the day
German astronaut Alexander Gerst, on board the International Space Station, wins the prize for being the most remote fan of his country’s national soccer team. The defending World Cup champions want to keep their title but some fans fear that, given their poor performance in preparation games and political issues, they could also be booted into orbit. Source:
Quote of the day
Guys, keep fighting
German policymakers agreed in 2015 to ban the use of autonomous defense systems, requiring humans to decide when and where to use weapons. But a debate is raging in the United Nations over the topic, as artificial intelligence technology creeps into more arms systems.