Thursday, April 30, 2015

Is Your Company interested in the International Trade Business? Here is how to get into the action:

One big way to get into the international business market and all its opportunities is to be in the spotlight of the biggest event in the international trade arena: The Hemispheric Congress of Latin Chambers of Commerce & Industry, to be held at the Biltmore Hotel next June 1-4, 2015.

Networking with business people from 24 countries, discussion panels about issues with experts, working luncheons, business matchmaking, international exhibition, evening cocktails, presentation of awards and Gala Dinner with Leaders of our Hemisphere, State, County, Cities and Global Business...

This 36th edition of this Annual Congress is the place to be to feed your opportunities, to contact new potential customers from everywhere in the world and be an insider in all what is happening in this modern world of business and trade.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The dumb idea that people fear change (TechRepublic)

There's a longstanding bromide in IT circles that people fear change, and a key activity for leaders is to mitigate that fear. Patrick Gray explores why this notion is completely misguided. 


Talk about change management in IT or general business leadership circles, and the discussion will soon turn to the notion that people naturally fear change. With mental imagery of someone cowered in a dark corner while an evil beast towers over them, claws extended and mouth foaming, you'll start talking about how to overcome the irrational fear engendered by your project that will set all the supposed beneficiaries to trembling.

Do we really fear change?

Humans certainly exhibit a rational fear of the unknown. Throw me into a dark cave without a flashlight, and I'll likely need a new pair of underwear should I hear a deep-throated roar from an unseen, nearby beast. Yet at the same time, humans routinely strive for change. Entire industries are dedicated to helping us change how we look, stay fit, or even extend our lives.
Ask the average person if they'd like to instantly lose 20 pounds and receive a check for a billion dollars, and they'll immediately and happily embrace those rather significant changes to their lives. Clearly, if fear plays any role in a change situation, it's a fear of the unknown vs. an innate fear of change itself.

The universal law of WIIFM

Far more basic than a misguided notion of fear of change is the basic human need to understand WIIFM: What's In It For Me. Even the frighteningly unknown becomes significantly more palatable when there is an obvious benefit.
WIIFM may be a transcendentally noble cause, like a soldier jumping into enemy fire to save a comrade, knowing his leap into the breach and risk of death could help his fellows and his country. Or, it might be achieving personal fame and glory, retaining employment, currying favor with the boss or, more likely, some mix of multiple areas.
WIIFM varies by the individual. You might be motivated by stories of how an initiative will change the company and generate value for the shareholders, while my WIIFM might be that I can shuffle work off to someone else.

A simple formula for change?

With fear summarily dismissed from our change equation, it seems relatively straightforward that avoiding the unknown and appealing to WIIFM are far more effective techniques than shrugging our shoulders and chalking up failed initiatives to an innate flaw in the human race. Like most good advice, however, avoiding the unknown and appealing to WIIFM are easy to articulate, but must be executed with care.
Avoiding the unknown is perhaps the easiest way for an initiative to avoid resistance to change. The moment you assemble teams, bring in consultants, or even start holding meetings with unknown persons, people will begin constructing stories about what's occurring. Being clear and straightforward, and communicating the objectives, impact, and current state of a change initiative, shines a bright light into the metaphorical cave, reducing the chance that stories of monsters created by others gain credence.
As the M in WIIFM implies, articulating "What's in it for me?" will vary based on the impacted individual and, in some cases, there will be little or no benefit in an initiative for a key constituent. In some cases, WIIFM may be little more than getting to keep your job.
However, too often we focus on vague notions of value or efficiency, where there are obvious personal benefits to those involved. If you create an initiative and extol the virtues of shareholder value and improved performance, I'll likely summarily ignore your initiative. If you extol the time I'll save performing a tedious task, or the increased authority I'll have to perform my job since I'll be equipped with better information, I may be so excited I'll join the project or preach its virtues to colleagues.

Fear the fear, not the change

Fear makes an easy scapegoat for an insufficient or ineffective change management strategy. It's easy to shrug our shoulders and cite irrational behavior as the reason our initiative failed to be adopted. While revealing the unknown and broadly answering WIIFM are easily explained, answering these questions places the onus for effective change where it belongs: squarely on the leaders attempting to execute the change.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Business Matchmaking / Rueda de Negocios

PRODUCTOS OFERTADOS POR AFILIADOS DE  CAMACOL

CAFÉ, TE, MATE Y ESPECIAS
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MAIZ Y CONFECCIONES, GRANOS, ARROZ
MATERIALES FERREOS, PANELES SOLARES
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

CUMBRE COMERCIAL EN VARSOVIA

CUMBRE COMERCIAL EN VARSOVIA

EXITOSA MISION A POLONIA

CAMACOL 

Presidida por Manny Mencía, Senior Vice Presidente de ENTERPRISE FLORIDA con su mensaje "Por que Florida"

Coordinada por el Hon. Wifredo "Willy Gort, Comisionado de la Ciudad de Miami y Presidente del Congreso Hemisférico de Cámaras de Comercio e Industria Latinas quien expuso en el panel "Gobiernos Locales: Promoción y Colaboación Internacional". Organizada por Leszek Ladowski, presidente del US PolishTrade Center, versando sobre "Florida: Puerta de las Americas y Polonia, Puerta de Europa Central y del Este"

El Dr. Jose Gregorio Tovar, miembro destacado de CAMACOL intervino en el panel sobre Inmigración y en el fomento de negocios Joint Ventures

El Sr José Matto, VP de Polish Trade Center y de Innovation Hubs of the Americas hizo galas de su intervención mediante video conferecias dese Miami.

George Laskis, director de Polish Trade Center se refirió a la colaboración internacional que presta CAMACOL y el Congreso Hemisférico a todas las cámaras de comercio y especialmente a la promoción del comercio con Polonia

CONSOLIDADO EL COMERCIO Y LA INVERSION DE POLONIA CON EL ESTADO DE LA FLORIDA Y CON LATINOAMERICA MEDIANTE MIAMI

LAS MAS ALTAS AUTORIDADES GUBERNAMENTALES Y ORGANIZACIONES PRIVADAS OFRECEN SU APOYO A LA REUNION DE LA SECRETARIA PERMANENTE DEL 38 CONGRESO HEMISFERICO DE CAMARAS DE COMERCIO E INDUSTRIAS LATINAS A CELEBRARSE EN POLONIA EN SEPTIEMBRE 2016.



La Florida está siendo descubierta por compañías polacas e instituciones gubernamentales como una entrada a las Américas para expandir la rápida y creciente economía polaca, gracias a la promoción de la Cámara de Comercio Americana Polaca de Florida y las Américas y su presidente Leszek Ladowski, así como con el apoyo del Embajador polaco Ryszard Schnepf
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Durante la Cumbre Comercial en Varsovia fue presentada su oferta a inversionistas de ambas Américas, contando con los cuantiosos recursos para promover los pequeños y medianos negocios tipo Joint Venture que ofrece como incentivos Polonia y la Comunidad Económica Europea. Polonia debido a su posición geográfica estratégica es también la entrada a Europa Central y del Este.

Actualmente el Centro Comercial polaco de Miami busca nuevos socios de negocios en Polonia, sobre todo entre parques tecnológicos y proveedores de agro-alimento. En el Centro se encuentra localizando socios proveedores de frutas, carnes y congelados, así como en las áreas de energía renovable, turismo, incluso turismo médico, y telemedicina.
Gracias al potencial comercial y logístico de Miami, Florida es la entrada comercial a ambas Américas. Miami es uno de los centros logísticos más grande de ambas Américas y un importante centro financiero y de altas tecnologías.

FLORIDA - PUERTA DE ENTRADA A LAS AMÉRICAS, POLONIA PUERTA DE ENTRADA A EUROPA CENTRAL Y DEL ESTE, la iniciativa de la Cámara de Comercio Americana Polaca de Florida y las Américas con CAMACOL, se hace una realidad.



Southeast Florida is being discovered


Southeast Florida is being discovered by Polish companies and government institutions as a gateway to the Americas to expand the fast growing Polish economy, thanks to promotion by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and the Americas and its President Leszek Ladowski as well as the support of Polish Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf during the last 4 years,Representatives of five regions from eastern Poland were able to showcase their offer to investors from both Americas. Poland, because of its strategic geographic location is also the Gateway to Central & Eastern Europe.

Currently the Polish Trade Centre in Downtown Miami's Brickell Avenue Business Center is looking for new business partners in Poland, especially among techno parks and agro-food suppliers. The Centre is looking for Polish partners among suppliers of fruits, meat and frozen food, as well as in the areas of renewable energy, tourism, including medical tourism, and telemedicine.

Thanks to the business and logistic potential of Miami, Florida is becoming the business gateway to both Americas. Miami is one of the largest logistic hub of both Americas and an important financial and IT center.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Google launches Project Fi: A pay for what you use voice and data plan

Summary:Google thinks it has a good value to offer with Project Fi: Phone service that works across devices and relies on seamless Wi-Fi to cellular hand-offs.

As expected, Google launched its mobile phone service for voice and data use on Wednesday. Called Project Fi, the plan is available on an invite-only basis and works solely with Google's Nexus 6 Android phone. Service will be made available through Sprint's and T-Mobile's networks.
Project Fi will rely heavily on Wi-Fi networks to help keep costs down, both for Google and for users of the plan. When you're connected to Wi-Fi, for example, all of your voice and data activities will use that network. Leave the Wi-Fi behind and service will migrate over an LTE mobile broadband, using what Google determines is the faster of the two carrier networks, depending on your location.
Google says that the transition between Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks is seamless; something I'm looking forward to testing. The company also encrypts data on Wi-Fi networks, which is one of the benefits a carrier connection typically provides.
The plan -- there's only one -- is meant to be simple and also provide a solid value to consumers. The base cost is $20 per month, which covers all voice minutes, tests, Wi-Fi tethering and international coverage in more than 120 countries. There's a flat add-on fee for cellular data, priced at $10 per GB.
Since most people don't use their full monthly data allocation, Google will credit back any unused data. Spending $30 for 3GB of data but only using 1.4GB in that month would result in a $16 credit, Google says.
One interesting aspect that reminds me of Google Voice, where I have a custom phone number, is that your Project Fi phone number "lives in the cloud." That allows you to use a phone, tablet or browser with Project Fi and have conversations regardess of the device you're using.
If you have a Nexus 6 handset and want to give Project Fi a try, you can request an invite here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Navy Seal, a Yacht Captain, and the Other People Billionaires Trust to Manage Their Money (BusinessWeek)

A crew member holds a magnum of Tattinger champagne during the Monaco Yacht Show.

Managing the life of Sergey Brin is big business.
Through Bayshore Global Management, the Google Inc. co-founder has hired former bankers and philanthropy experts to help manage his $30.1 billion fortune. He’s employed a former Navy SEAL and SWAT team veteran for security, and a yacht captain to handle his aquatic endeavors. A fitness coordinator, a photographer and archivist help run his life.
Bayshore, based in Los Altos, California, provides a glimpse into the services family offices bestow upon the wealthy beyond investing and accounting. As the number of billionaires has surged worldwide in recent years, demand for people who can provide niche skills -- and discretion -- has jumped.
“Family offices are expanding and people are setting new ones up,” said Natasha Pearl, chief executive officer of Aston Pearl, which serves single-family offices that have at least $400 million. “It’s increasing demand for employees who can be trusted to keep the families’ private lives confidential.”
There are now more than 14,600 families with at least $100 million in assets globally, up 42 percent since 2008, according to the Boston Consulting Group. Many of these have set up their own offices to help manage investments and day-to-day lives. The firms employ about 20,000 people, according to London-based researcher Campden Wealth, which started collecting the data last year.

Vulcan, Microsoft

Family offices serving the world’s billionaires usually employ at least 50 people, with staff across multiple teams including executive, administrative and investment groups, according to Campden Wealth data.
Vulcan Inc., the Seattle-based company created by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and his sister Jody Allen, has more than 500 people. The family office features an in-house media company, a 17-member team managing a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio and a division that’s working on space travel. Vulcan is also currently hiring a chief investment officer and wildlife conservation expert among other positions, according to its website.
Allen, who has a net worth of $17 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, named Vulcan after the Roman god of fire. He’s also a Star Trek fan. Alexa Rudin, a spokeswoman for Vulcan, declined to comment.
Bayshore gets its name from the location of Google’s headquarters, an area in California known as North Bayshore. It’s existed since at least 2006, two years after Google, the world’s largest search engine, had its initial public offering.

Goldman, Deutsche

The company’s employees have been recruited from Google, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG and other family offices, according to LinkedIn profiles that list Bayshore as their employer. It has employed at least 47 people according to Department of Labor filings. These include a chief of staff and manager of the family’s New York City home, who oversaw construction, recruited domestic staff and provided personal shopping.
Brin also owns Passerelle Investment Co., a real estate firm. It’s bought properties in Los Altos to help revitalize the town for businesses and families, according to Passerelle’s website.
Representatives for Bayshore declined to comment.
Brin, 41, emigrated to the U.S. from the Soviet Union as a child with his family. He also runs the Brin Wojcicki Foundation with his wife, Anne, that disburses charitable donations and supports human rights.

No Registration

Brin is the 21st richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg ranking. Controlling a fortune of that size requires professional security. Bayshore’s brought in the former Navy SEAL to provide protection, according to a LinkedIn profile. A former U.S. Secret Service agent directed security programs, and a former SWAT team operator oversees the family’s properties and emergency procedures.
Some of the largest family offices have operation centers to monitor people and property, said Christopher Falkenberg, a former U.S. Secret Service agent and founder of New York-based Insite Security that provides protection services to clients such as family offices.
There are layers of personnel including former military and law enforcement experts who are responsible for locks on doors and gates, background checks on staff, and managing travel and aircraft security, Falkenberg said.
They don’t come cheap. A security director who’s a former FBI agent can command at least $200,000 a year, he said. That can be double a typical salary working for the government.

Private Chefs

Salaries at family offices vary widely, said Pearl, whose New York-based firm has helped families hire cybersecurity experts, find college advisers and create procedures for staff at multiple residences.
Private chefs can command salaries from $40,000 to as much as $200,000 a year with full benefits depending on whether they have top restaurant experience and have worked with other wealthy families, Pearl said. College-adviser fees, a growing area, can range from $5,000 to $25,000.
“It’s not like the ‘blue book’ where you look up chief risk officers or chefs and there are standard comp rates,” she said. “It’s a very fragmented market.”


Monday, April 20, 2015

How Moore's Law Changed History (and Your Smartphone) (PCMagazine)

After 50 years, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's prediction about semiconductor miniaturization still holds up.

Gordon Moore/Credit: Intel

When I was a kid, I got an idea from a puzzle book which I believed in my childlike way would make me fabulously wealthy in just a few weeks. The trick was to convince my mother to pay me a progressively doubling wage for doing household chores for a month—a penny on the first day, two cents on the second, four on the third, and so on.
Unfortunately for me, my mom was too bright to take me up on the offer. So I missed out on collecting $10.7 million and change after 30 days of doing the dishes, taking out the trash, and the like. Fortunately for all of us, the semiconductor industry did accept Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore's challenge to do something similar 50 years ago—and we continue to reap the benefits today.
Back in 1965, Moore, then the director of R&D at Fairchild Semiconductor, was asked by Electronics magazine to submit an article making a prediction for developments in the semiconductor component industry over the following decade. So for the 35th anniversary issue of Electronics published on April 19, 1965, Moore noted that the number of transistor and resistor elements on computer chips had been doubling roughly every year—and that he expected this to keep happening for the next 10 years.
It was a prediction that ended up extending far past its first decade. And what later became known as "Moore's Law" would prove to be perhaps the most reliable and enduring guide to the pace of technological advance in not just the semiconductor business, but in the computing industry as a whole.
But back in April 1965, Moore's observation, accompanied with a simple graph he'd sketched, wasn't even regarded as cover story material in Electronics. Instead, you had to thumb forward to page 99 to find the Intel co-founder's prophetic pronouncement amidst the writings of other industry experts. For just 75 cents, you'd have had the very first iteration of Moore's Law in your grubby hands, but finding it wasn't easy.
Electronics Magazine Cover/Credit: Intel
In an interview earlier this year, Moore, who co-founded Intel in 1968 with the late Robert Noyce, explained how the whole thing came about after Electronics asked him for the article.

"I took the opportunity to look at what had happened up to that time. This would have been in 1964, I guess. And I looked at the few chips we had made and noticed we went from a single transistor on a chip to a chip with about eight elements—transistors and resistors—on it," said the 86-year-old chairman emeritus of Intel.
"The new chips coming out had about twice the number of elements, about 16. And in the laboratory, we were creating chips with about 30 elements and we were looking at the possibility of making chips with twice that many, around 60 elements on a chip. Well, I plotted these on a piece of semi-log paper starting with the planar transistor in 1959 and noticed that, essentially, we were doubling every year.
"So I took a wild extrapolation and said we're going to continue doubling every year and go from about 60 elements at the time to 60,000 in 10 years."
To make things even more interesting, Moore himself did not at the time regard this remarkable prediction of exponential growth in integrated circuit (IC) complexity to be the most important point of his article. Instead, he was trying to stress that making ICs was going to get cheaper to do over time—potentially, a whole lot cheaper.
"I was just trying to communicate the point that this was the direction semiconductors were going," he said. "And this was going to give a tremendous cost advantage, which wasn't true at the time. The early integrated circuits cost quite a bit more than the pieces to assemble the similar circuits out of individual components.
"But one could see the trend was going in the direction that this was going to be the cheaper way eventually. That was my real objective—to communicate that we have a technology that's going to make electronics cheap. But I didn't expect this binary order of magnitude increase, the thousand-fold increase in complexity to be very accurate."
The accelerated pace of early IC manufacturing slowed a bit in ensuing years. Moore later revised his timetable for the doubling of transistor density in microchips from one year to two. More recently, we've seen the cadence at which Intel and other leading semiconductor manufacturers ramp new process technologies range from about 18 to 32 months.
Making Moore's Law Happen

Of course, the continued relevance of Moore's Law hasn't just happened by magic. Moore's prediction, while remaining accurate for 50 years, isn't actually a natural "law" like the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Shrinking the size of elements on computer chips so consistently and for so many decades has required incredible innovations like CMOS, silicon straining, VLSI, immersion lithography, high-k dielectrics, and most recently, FinFET or tri-gate "3D" transistor process technology. Those advances didn't just appear out of thin air because Moore's Law demanded they happen—brilliant, doggedly persistent people working in labs at universities and companies like Bell, Shockley Semiconductor, Fairchild, Intel, Toshiba, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, TSMC, Samsung, and elsewhere invented them and thushelped extend Moore's Law, not the other way around.


Moore made his original prediction about the pace of miniaturization in computer chip components as a way to highlight the attractive economics in semiconductor manufacturing. By his own admission, he wasn't terribly confident that it would hold up over time. But in the ensuing decades, Moore's Law has become as much a challenge to the industry to keep it alive as an axiom for how chipmaking works.
I never managed to trick my mom into paying me a fortune to make my bed for a month. But 50 years ago, Moore set the wheels in motion for an entire industry to dedicate itself to producing increasingly complex integrated circuits to make progressively more powerful computers and devices. As a child, I thought it would be really cool if I could use math to turn a penny into millions. Way cooler—and far more beneficial to all of us—is that we've turned transistors that were once the size of a human hand into nanoscale electronic switches powering smartphone supercomputers we can fit in our pockets.
Moore's Law has presided over that astonishing process of human ingenuity for the past 50 years. It's still holding up even as we approach atomic-scale limitations in making circuitry even smaller than it is today—a possible end of the road for Moore's enduring insight, or perhaps just the next great challenge.
When a prediction as elegant and impactful as Moore's Law holds up for 50 years, people tend to notice. PCMag asked several notable industry analysts to discuss the importance of Moore's famous observation and its legacy for the computer industry and the world.
Charles King, principal analyst, Pund-IT:

"The 50th anniversary of Moore's Law highlights an interesting issue—that the tech industry loves to talk about the importance of innovation but continuing relevance is a much rarer commodity. Originally, Gordon Moore was making a simple observation about the brevity of time required for significant technological advancement. But for half a century now, semiconductors, microprocessors, and related computing components have continued to evolve at the torrid pace Moore observed.

"The nature of physical materials means that Moore's Law will eventually hit a literal stopping point—you can't scale semiconductors smaller than a single atom. But I believe new innovations will arise that will allow digital technology to advance and improve at the 18-24 month pace Gordon Moore originally observed. As a result, I believe Moore's Law will remain relevant for years or even decades more to come."
Jack Gold, principal analyst, J.Gold Associates:

"Fundamentally, Moore's Law (and its effect/consequences) has probably done more to fundamentally change how all of us live, work, and learn than anything else in history. Fifty years ago, who would have thought that we would be carrying supercomputers in our pockets? Who would have foreseen the wireless and mobile revolution? Who would have thought that companies like Google could instantly parse the entire Internet and give us information ... and who would have envisioned tens of billions of users on the Internet to begin with?

Moore
"Moore's Law is not dead yet and it's unlikely to die for at least a couple more generations of chips. But I suggest it won't really die for many more years, as scientists and engineers continually find new ways to extend it. I am confident they will find new ways (e.g., 3D chips, organics) to continue the fundamental premise of the law, even if it's not quite what Moore had in mind."
Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy:

"Fifty years after Gordon Moore penned his observation now known as Moore's Law, why does it still matter? It matters because it is still the rallying cry in the tech industry to double transistors densities every two years. This then leads to higher performance and lower power technology.

"While Moore's Law is fairly well-known and (mostly) understood within the tech industry, thinking beyond the tech industry, why should people care? What has Moore's Law done for the economy, and for society, for our daily lives? Moore's Law has impacted almost the entire fabric our lives. It has enabled most of the comforts many of us take for granted, like quality of our health care and medications, safety of our cars, the ability for us to get almost everything we want from our very fingertips.
"In the past decade alone, we've seen countless firsts: The first YouTube video, the founding of Twitter, the introduction of the original iPhone and the iPad, the first Netflix movie streamed and much more. Where do you think we'd be without Moore's Law driving the evolution of technology?
"The reality is that without Moore's Law, we wouldn't have the technology that we love today ... smartphones, tablets, PCs, game consoles, 4K displays. We wouldn't have content like Twitter, Netflix, and YouTube.
"Assuming Moore's Law continues to drive the industry for the next 10-15 years, what might be possible? I think we will see some amazing breakthroughs. Self-driving cars will be commonplace. We will all have some kind of robot helping us in our homes and hospitals. We could finally cure cancer. There's a chance we can extend out lifespans considerably.
"Moore's Law isn't the beginning or the end of innovation. It takes breakthrough architectures, collaboration, software, and other advancements to make all these innovations come to life. But without the industry driving to Moore's law, we wouldn't even have had a chance at accomplishing all the wonderful things we have today and building even better technology in the future."
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, Intel has put together a timeline and some facts and figures illustrating just how far we've come in the past several decades—and how mind-bogglingly small chip circuitry is today compared to the transistors Moore and his colleagues were working with in 1965.
Just to get things started, the chip giant noted that Moore's original purpose of highlighting just how inexpensive making semiconductor components was about to become has proven prophetic beyond anyone's wildest dreams.
"Around the time that Gordon Moore made his now-famous observation, Fairchild Semiconductor, where he worked at the time, sold transistors for $150 each. Today the price-per-transistor of Intel's Core i5 processor is $0.00000014. Put another way, you could buy 70,000 Core i5 transistors for a penny," an Intel spokesman said.
Here are some more fun facts and figures illustrating the impact of Moore's Law, courtesy of Intel:
  • CARS: If automobile fuel efficiency improved at the pace of Moore's Law, a person could easily drive a car for his entire life on a single tank of gas. With the pace at which transistors have shrunk, your car would be the size of an ant.
  • CONSTRUCTION: If a skyscraper fell in price at the pace of Moore's Law, a person could purchase one for less than the cost of a PC today. And if a skyscraper increased in height at the pace of Moore's Law, it would be 35 times the height of Mt. Everest.
  • REAL ESTATE: If house prices fell at the same rate as transistors, a person could purchase a home for the price of a piece of candy.
  • SPACE EXPLORATION: The Apollo space program to land humans on the Moon cost $25 billion. If prices fell at the pace of Moore's Law, today that program would cost about as much as a small private plane. The trip to the Moon in 1969 took three days. If Moore's Law applied to space travel, that trip would now take one minute.
  • AIR TRAVEL: A flight from New Zealand to New York would be over in the time it takes to fasten your seatbelt, if Moore's Law were operative.
Moore's Law-driven innovation has resulted in astonishing leaps in the power of Intel's current processors compared with its own technology of several decades ago, the chip giant notes:
  • If an Intel-based Android phone were built using 1971 technology, the phone's microprocessor alone would be the size of a parking space. Try taking a selfie with that.
  • Compared to Intel's first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, today's 14nm processors deliver 3,500 times the performance, at 90,000 times the efficiency, and at 1/ 60,000th the cost.
  • The first semiconductor transistors were the size of an eraser at the end of a pencil. As a result of Moore's Law, more than six million of today's tri-gate transistors could fit in the period at the end of this sentence.
  • Today's transistors are invisible to the naked eye. To see a single transistor, you'd have to enlarge a typical chip to the size of a house.
Amazing stuff and here's how it all went down at Intel in the years following the first formulation of Moore's Law:
Moore

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boletín Económico de la Cámara de Comercio y Servicios del Uruguay




                 




Informe de inflación
  

Situación económica en la región, repercusiones en Uruguay
Las nuevas autoridades de gobierno anunciaron su objetivo de hacer  converger a la inflación al centro del rango meta del 5%, en un horizonte de 18 meses. En primera instancia esta noticia es una señal positiva para la economía en general y a su vez juega un rol fundamental en la formación de expectativas, de todas formas ¿están dadas la condiciones macroeconómicas para que dicha meta sea alcanzable?.

El contexto regional desfavorable presiona a la economía uruguaya a la búsqueda de nuevas alternativas para mitigar el impacto de los shocks externos negativos sobre los niveles de actividad de los diferentes sectores, principalmente aquellos vinculados directamente con el comercio regional, tanto en materia de bienes como servicios.