During the last couple of years the world of personal technology has been harassed by the need for smartphones and tablet computing.
I always imagined saving my hard earned cash to invest in prestigious cars and property, sustaining a way to have a better standard of living. This is what my parents did and who else was I to learn from (There was no such thing as YouTube back then)?
The world we live in today is saturated with impulse purchasing and clever marketing, however do you recall hearing two teenage girls talking about the current exchange rate or the price of crude oil? I ask these questions because in order to nurture an economy and increase disposable expenditure, the opportunists amongst us need to become more innovative and entrepreneurial.
Take investing in Art as an example.
Whether it is for recreational or commercial purposes, this has become that of an interesting discussion point more recently.
Most people, that want a change for the next generation, are sick and tired of hearing the majority of people complain that the ‘Rich get richer…. and the poor get poorer’. If this notion is treated like an attitude rather than a tragedy, we can change their way of thinking to encourage a brighter and more fruitful future for our economies.
In order to keep on purchasing the latest ipad every 6 months and drive the latest Audi, new avenues must be explored.
Purchasing on credit and earning interest from your bank account just isn’t an option for many at the moment and taking a good look at the past could reveal the secrets to a better future.
Take a leaf out of the book of a great man, Winston Churchill once commented “There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies”. With that in mind would you be surprised to hear that Picasso’s ‘Garcon a la Pipe’, painted in 1905, was first sold to John Whitney in 1950 for $30K? That is an incredible profit on its own from the artist’s point of view, however that investor then went on to sell that very same painting 54 years later for a staggering $104,168,000, returning an appreciation of over 64 times the purchase value for each year.
(image courtesy of mirror.co.uk)
During the interlude of sale and purchase, these types of paintings can generate a very healthy salary for the investor by displaying them in well known galleries across the world. Seem too good to be true? Sometimes it is, but a true entrepreneur will follow their instinct.
Although capital is difficult to get hold of at the moment, the opportunities are still there and perseverance fueled by a thorough understanding of fine art could change your life forever. Reassess your goals, decide what you need to be productive rather than what you want, and make a change today.
Sources – www.funofart.com
The automotive industry is changing and developing quicker than ever, with the rapid growth of hybrid vehicles and super cars breaking records almost daily, it’s a very exciting time for Audi to release their ‘piloted drive’ concept.
Audi as a brand has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10-15 years and has now very much secured its name as a prestigious brand in the automotive sector. Taking the extra step with their technology, they are now setting out to fundamentally change the way we operate our cars. They hope to improve the way we use our cars with efforts focussed on the intelligence of the technology and the decisions of the driver.
The way Audi sees driving is that the driver only gets enjoyment out of being able to actually drive the car, it becomes a chore when weaving in and out of heavy traffic and constantly stopping and starting in rush hour traffic. Making decisions can be tiring and often a chore for the driver, so with that in mine they have decided that a step in the right direction for technology would be to hand over responsibility for the mundane tasks involved with driving.
In their eyes, an autopilot, much like one that works at 10,000 meters in commercial jets would make the driving experience better, less tiring and ultimately safer for the driver and passengers travelling in their cars. Drivers can get bored and tired and with human tiredness comes human error so Audis ‘piloted drive’ system is aimed to make our roads safer for everyone.
Audi have been performing tests for a full 15 years at various locations, including race tracks which are the toughest test labs. They have been testing everything from adaptive cruise control to active lane assistance and have proven that they work in mass production. In fact, in the USA, Audi was the first and is still the only car manufacturer to have carried out test drives in real life conditions, and it’s been a huge success. The potential of this technology is vast and it has been proven to work multiple times over.
Check out the promotional video below, where three times Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello goes up against an RS7 with the piloted drive system.
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