Artificial Intelligence Will Never Be as Smart as Elon Musk

Aug 04, 2020

No one doubts that Elon Musk is rich, which, according to a fundamental axiom of US culture, suggests that he is smart. Everyone knows the proverbial wisdom often directed at a category of humanity called losers: “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” Musk himself has...

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?
Aug 03, 2020

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?
Aug 03, 2020

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

Elon Musk Declares War on Pronouns
Jul 30, 2020

Elon Musk Declares War on Pronouns

Making Ayurveda More Relevant for Millennials

Making Ayurveda More Relevant for Millennials

Jul 29, 2020

A fact commonly overlooked about India is that it is home to Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine. Ayurveda is seen by several Indians as an alternative, healthier medicinal system as it is based completely on natural products. In 1917, Ram Dayal Joshi Sharma and Ram Narayan Sharma, who are...

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Jul 27, 2020

Some news items manage to sum up in a simple and succinct narrative the entire madness of a phase of human history. We are now living in the era of hyperreality, in which everything that appears superficially ordered by logical principles is in reality structured by forces we have been trained not...

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

What Has COVID-19 Done to Small Businesses?

Jul 27, 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are businesses with revenues, assets or employees below a certain threshold. SMEs are important to the health of any country as they tend to form the backbone of the economy. When compared to large enterprises, SMEs are generally greater in...

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Welcome to the Curiosity Economy

Jul 27, 2020

In 1954, when television sets were just becoming widespread in American homes, Alfred Hitchcock made “Rear Window.” The film portrays L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries, a magazine photographer played by James Stewart, stuck at home in a wheelchair with a broken leg, whose only entertainment is gazing...

Only Losers Pay Taxes: Apple and the Ingenuity of Tax Avoidance

Only Losers Pay Taxes: Apple and the Ingenuity of Tax Avoidance

Jul 24, 2020

July 15 was a very good day for Apple. Not so much for the European Commission, nor for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). What happened? In 2016, the European Commission (EC), following a lengthy investigation, ruled that Ireland had granted Apple “illegal tax...

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein

Deutsche Bank Regrets Its “Association” With Jeffrey Epstein

Jul 10, 2020

Deutsche Bank looms over vast swaths of the European economy as a financial powerhouse. It carries a reputation, even among its German customers, of being the schoolyard bully in the nation’s prestigious banking industry.  The New York Times, in an article by Matthew Goldstein, has...

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

The Wirecard Debacle Calls for a Rethink

Jul 01, 2020

Wirecard AG, the Munich-based payments and financial services company that was a member of the DAX index of Germany’s 30 leading blue-chip stocks, collapsed spectacularly and filed for insolvency on June 25. Among many lessons, this disaster has revealed major gaps in audit...

How Tech Innovation Can Revive the US Economy

How Tech Innovation Can Revive the US Economy

Jun 29, 2020

As groundbreaking as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is in its scope, sticker-price and level of bipartisan endorsement, the global pandemic it was rightly drafted to combat remains even more historic. Economists will be measuring the impact of the novel coronavirus...

Who Will Make Rules for the Internet?

Who Will Make Rules for the Internet?

Jun 22, 2020

National legislations across the European Union — with the exception of states that have implemented their own digital laws, such as Germany and France — are very difficult to enforce when it comes to online. This is because, in the absence of overarching legislation that...

COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Have Real-World Consequences

COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Have Real-World Consequences

Jun 18, 2020

Conspiracy theories seem to be a staple of major global events, so it's no surprise that COVID-19 has become the biggest hotbed for unfounded “alternative narratives” since 9/11. Various theories are circulating across social media, sucking in a worrying number of high-profile public figures...

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