Meet Tomas Sevilla, a Painter based in Madrid, Spain 👇🏽 Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. I have been living in Lima, Peru for the last four years. For all of next year, Madrid, Spain will be home.
What do you do?
I work as a consultant for a data analytics company. Much of my joy, however, comes from painting, which I do primarily in my free time.
How did you get started?
I was first introduced to the world of art at a very young age. My grandmother, Betty Wappenstein, owned and managed one of the first major art galleries in Quito, La Galeria for over 20 years. Since this early exposure, I have always been fascinated by design and fine art.
What do you love most about what you do?
What I do brings so much joy to my life, but what I value most importantly is the sense of connection I have with myself and the people surrounding me in life. Through the lens of art, I demonstrate personal expression.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Either visually or emotionally, is where I draw inspiration from. For example, Lima has sparked a sense of creativity in myself simply because of the city's aesthetic. It is gray and somber, which drives me to include large and loud amounts of color in my work.
What are some tips for other people to follow your path?
Know no fear, hesitation, or apprehension. Many of us have the urge to paint, but have no idea where to begin. I recommend just visiting the closest art supply store, buying yourself a canvas, three colors that speak to you to start.
Any favorite books, songs, podcasts, shows?
Lately, my favorites have been "Borne," by Jeff VanderMeer and "Artemis," by Andy Weir. I love reading about physics and mathematics. I highly recommend "The Reality Frame," by Brian Clegg.
What's identity to you?
Identity is a very broad and cryptic subject, but if I could best illustrate identity, it would be like the structure of an atom. In its core, the nuclei, you have your values, defined by your culture, your family, your DNA, etc. The outside however, the electrons, is where you find an ever changing facade of feeling and self-reflection of one's life, one in a constant state of flux.
On Monday, French regulators leveled a $57 million fine on Google, serving as the first test of how aggressively Europe’s privacy rules will force change at US-based tech giants.
The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has sparked Washington efforts to pass a national online privacy law. With state lawmakers attempting to create their own regulations, as well.
The French data regulator CNIL accused Google of two violations, in regards to their Android mobile operating system: Not being transparent with users about how their data is being used; Not getting adequate consent from users to monetize their data.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement that the company is “deeply committed” to “the consent requirements of the GDPR” and is figuring out what steps to take next.
In the scheme of things, $57 million is a drop in the bucket for Google. Its parent company, Alphabet, brought in more than $33 billion in revenue in its last reported quarter alone. This fine is more of a warning that if Google and other tech giants do not cooperate quickly, there will be more repercussions.
⚠️DATA IS THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE⚠️ 👉🏽Fact 1: Data are to this century what oil was to the last one: a driver of growth and change. Oil was used for transportation and production, flows of data have created new infrastructures, businesses, economics, politics…
👉🏽Fact 2: Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are the five most valuable listed firms in the world, and the fact that all of them control data is not a coincidence: Why is Data so important?
1. Data is information that technology giants use to improve their own products. The scope of improvement depends on the quantity and quality of data, the more information Facebook has of its users, the more they can adapt their services to their tastes. ❗️Technology Giants benefit from network effects❗️ the more users Facebook signs up, the more attractive Facebook becomes for others, the more data it has, creating even more scope for improvement( virtuous circle).They produce what people want because they have DATA on over 2,27 billion people( monthly Facebook users).
2. Data protects companies from rivals through "shoot-out acquisitions" or imitation. The Giants' surveillance systems span the entire economy: Google can see what people search for, Facebook what they share, Amazon what they buy. They have a "God eye View" of activities in their own markets and beyond. They can see when a new product or service gains traction: they can copy or buy the startup before it becomes big. Ex: Facebook bought Whatsapp when it only had 60 employees. 👉🏽Fact 3: Big Data holds many threats related to customer privacy, threat to free market competition, democracy, politics. Data Misuse puts democracy at risk: In early 2018 it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica ( political consultancy) used the personal data of over 87 million people (Facebook profiles) without their consent to deliver pro-trump material
Sources: @theeconomist @guardian @nytgender
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