Are We in Denial About Our Digital Consumption Habits?

Oct 06, 2020

Human attention is a scarce, yet commercially valuable resource today, and social media competes for access to it. The wealth of digital connectivity and advances in browsing and filtering gives internet users more options and increases their perceived control over cyberspace. However, this is...

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?
Oct 05, 2020

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19
Sep 25, 2020

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?
Sep 22, 2020

Is Switzerland’s Air2030 Program the Right Choice for the Country?

TikTok: The Future of “Less American” Tech

TikTok: The Future of “Less American” Tech

Sep 18, 2020

Some phenomena occur and become highly visible in the wrong place, at the wrong time. TikTok, an app created in China, came into prominence as a major source of expression and entertainment for the youth of the United States only in the past two years but rose, in that short time, to the status of...

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Monetizing Children’s Brains Means the End of Our Species

Aug 24, 2020

Fair Observer’s Atul Singh told me of his own friend, Pankaj, a father of three daughters. Pankaj was concerned that his daughters have been subjected to around three to seven hours a day of online classes, and he felt it was deeply wrong. I was invited by Fair Observer to write an article...

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Should Schools Rely on Ed Tech?

Aug 12, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed their doors this spring, impacting the lives of 1.5 billion students around the world and sending teachers and school administrators scrambling to keep students connected to learning opportunities. To do this they deployed a range of old and new...

Artificial Intelligence Will Never Be as Smart as Elon Musk

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...

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

Aug 03, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is “living through an unrivalled drop in carbon output.” According to the International Energy Agency, global use of energy will drop 6% in 2020, an amount that equals India’s total energy demand. Worldwide demand for electricity has already fallen 5%,...

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...

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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