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Alastair Gill

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About Alastair
Alastair Gill is a journalist based in Bansko, Bulgaria.
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How an unlikely city in Europe is attracting digital nomads

05 Apr 2024
Bansko, a small mountain town in southwest Bulgaria, has become an unlikely hub for digital nomads, attracting a diverse international community with its natural beauty, practical benefits like fast Wi-Fi, low cost of living, and low taxes. The town hosts the Bansko Nomad Fest, the world's largest annual digital nomad event, and has seen a 231% growth in remote workers since 2018, outpacing cities like Madrid and Warsaw. German entrepreneur Matthias Zeitler played a key role in this transformation by establishing the first coworking space, Coworking Bansko, and initiating the festival. The town offers a range of outdoor activities, a welcoming community, and affordable real estate, with a growing trend of digital nomad families settling down. Plans for a new coliving space in a former hotel aim to further cement Bansko's status as a remote work center.

What can we learn from AI and ML use cases?

05 Mar 2024
The use of machine learning (ML) technologies in UK financial services firms is on the rise, with over 70% of firms using or developing ML applications and expecting a threefold increase in the next three years. Benefits include enhanced data analytics, operational efficiency, and improved fraud detection. The article discusses the challenges of identifying appropriate AI and ML use cases in financial services and presents a synthesized summary of use cases categorized into risk management, organizational/operational, and customer experience enhancement. It also highlights the potential of generative AI, referencing the public beta release of ChatGPT by OpenAI and similar tools. The author plans to share detailed reviews and present at a Google event in London.

What can we learn from AI and ML use cases?

05 Mar 2024
The use of machine learning (ML) technologies in UK financial services firms is on the rise, with over 70% of firms using or developing ML applications and expecting a significant increase in the next three years. Benefits include enhanced analytics, operational efficiency, and improved fraud detection. The article discusses the challenges of identifying appropriate AI and ML use cases and presents a synthesized summary of applications in risk management, organizational/operational improvements, and customer experience enhancement. It also touches on the potential of generative AI, exemplified by the release of ChatGPT by OpenAI, and anticipates sharing detailed reviews at an upcoming Google event in London.

From legacy to leading edge: How insurtech is redefining insurance

28 Oct 2023
The insurance industry, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned to insurtech to meet the demand for customized products and services. Insurtech, leveraging AI and machine learning, is transforming operations by streamlining processes, reducing costs and risks, and improving customer experiences. The global insurtech market is projected to grow significantly by 2030. AI enhances risk evaluation, pricing strategies, and personalized coverage, while automating underwriting and claims processing. Despite potential challenges such as cybersecurity and resistance to change, insurtech promises a more efficient, transparent, and customer-centric future for the insurance industry.

How an unlikely city in Europe is attracting digital nomads

06 Oct 2023
Bansko, a small mountain town in Bulgaria, has become an unlikely hub for digital nomads, attracting a diverse international community with its natural beauty, fast Wi-Fi, low cost of living, and favorable tax rates. The town hosts the annual Bansko Nomad Fest, the world's largest celebration of the digital nomad lifestyle, and has seen a 231% growth in remote work popularity, outpacing cities like Madrid and Warsaw. German entrepreneur Matthias Zeitler initiated this trend by establishing Coworking Bansko, and the town now boasts multiple coworking spaces catering to various needs. The local community has embraced the international atmosphere, and the town's appeal is growing, with some nomads even settling down and investing in property. Bansko offers year-round attractions, from skiing to outdoor recreation in the neighboring Pirin National Park, and has become a beacon for those seeking a balanced lifestyle.

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