Whatever Happened to Elon Musk?

November 05, 2021

Elon Musk has of course been getting richer by the hour. His net worth was quoted this past week at a figure north of $300 billion. Not bad for someone who had to eke out an existence less than two years ago on a net worth estimated at a mere $20 billion. Yes, he’s brazenly touted some things...

America’s True Hyperreal Heroes
May 28, 2021

America’s True Hyperreal Heroes

Fintech’s Problem With Race
May 11, 2021

Fintech’s Problem With Race

For a Few Billion Dollars More
May 05, 2021

For a Few Billion Dollars More

Is Bill Gates a Danger to Humanity?

Is Bill Gates a Danger to Humanity?

April 20, 2021

Bill Gates had his first extended moment in history at the end of the 20th century. He regularly appeared as the richest, but also the nerdiest, man on earth. His rarely eclipsed top ranking lasted for at least two decades. Perhaps bored by the idea of holding wealth, he eventually decided to...

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

Cults Have Conquered Wall Street

February 19, 2021

Some followers of technology news may remember the year 2018 when the media occasionally featured embarrassing headlines about Elon Musk, a small-time billionaire at that point of his history, weighing in at around a paltry $20 billion. Musk managed to get himself into trouble on more than one...

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?

Tech Exodus: Is Silicon Valley in Trouble?

February 02, 2021

On January 7, the news media announced that Elon Musk had surpassed Jeff Bezos as “the richest person on Earth.” I have a personal interest in the story. Two of my neighbors just bought a Tesla, and this morning, on the highway between Geneva and Lausanne, an angry Tesla driver flashed me...

Learning to Become the World’s Second-Richest Man

Learning to Become the World’s Second-Richest Man

December 16, 2020

After officially eclipsing Bill Gates to reach the rank of the second-richest person on the planet, Elon Musk clearly deserved a lengthy video interview with the Wall Street Journal. It could probe into how Musk managed to become the world’s wealthiest and most admired innovator. The Journal...

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

December 10, 2020

John Bolton has done many things in his past, including serving as US ambassador to the United Nations and as national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Wikipedia calls him a “diplomat” because of the posts he has occupied, but both his discourse and his actions in the world of...

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

November 20, 2020

The French word “émigré” specifically refers to people who leave their home country for political reasons, a self-exile of sorts. In that sense, it’s a very different term from “immigrant,” “expat” or “nomad.” In history, émigrés have fled abroad to escape from revolutions in...

Playing the Market No Longer Resembles a Game

Playing the Market No Longer Resembles a Game

October 08, 2020

Despite their exponentially growing fortunes, life is becoming harder for the world’s richest billionaires. The Guardian’s Warren Murray offers his top story of the day with this headline: “Billionaires ‘worried by own sheer wealth.’”  The Swiss bank UBS has been studying the...

Making Ayurveda More Relevant for Millennials

Making Ayurveda More Relevant for Millennials

July 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?

July 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?

July 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...

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