The Science of Rebuilding Trust

Jan 22, 2021

During his inauguration, President Joe Biden appealed to us, American citizens, repeatedly and emphatically, to defend unity and truth against corrosion from power and profit. Fortunately, the bedrock tensions between unity, truth, power and profit have newly-discovered mathematical definitions,...

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism
Jan 19, 2021

Welcome to The Economist’s Technological Idealism

Regulating the Fast-Changing Fintech Landscape
Jan 19, 2021

Regulating the Fast-Changing Fintech Landscape

What If Humans Really Could Fly?
Jan 15, 2021

What If Humans Really Could Fly?

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster

Jan 14, 2021

It’s called The Line, a spanking new AI city to be built in the northwest of Saudi Arabia as part of the kingdom’s $500-billion NEOM project. The Line will be a “carbon-positive” community “powered by 100 per cent clean energy” strung, yes in a line, from the Red Sea coast into the...

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

In China’s Net City, Opportunity Comes at Uncertain Costs

Jan 12, 2021

The one thing the city of Shenzhen — whose nearly 13 million people comprise the industrial engine of China’s Guangdong province — seems unwilling to reimagine is its name. The name Shenzhen, which loosely translates to “irrigation ditch” or “drainage dump,” is the only piece of the...

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Five Tools We Need to Fight Disinformation

Dec 14, 2020

According to the GLOBSEC Trends 2020 report, across Central and Eastern Europe, 34% believe that COVID-19 is a hoax designed to manipulate populations. With hundreds of deaths around the world occurring as a result of disinformation related to the coronavirus, the pandemic has demonstrated the...

In Trusts We Trust

In Trusts We Trust

Dec 11, 2020

Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric, still considered by many to be the ultimate business guru, offered his simple formula for success: “Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.” Pressure has been building for years to...

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Who Owns Intellectual Property?

Dec 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...

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

Dec 03, 2020

New York Times tech journalist Shira Ovide offers a fascinating glimpse of what’s going on in the back offices of Facebook concerning the future of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Changes are afoot, she tells us. Ovide whets the reader’s appetite with this intriguing teaser: “the...

Can FinTech Hold the EU’s Capital Markets Together?

Can FinTech Hold the EU’s Capital Markets Together?

Nov 30, 2020

As the European Union is approaching the Brexit endgame, the risk of further fragmentation is looming over its already fractured capital markets. The future composition of Europe is not the only force at play. Regulatory divergence, reignition of a trade war between the United States and China,...

Can We Build Social Trust in an Online World?

Can We Build Social Trust in an Online World?

Nov 27, 2020

For every reader who bothers to write to the author, there must be a hundred others. One reader, Paritosh, wrote to Fair Observer regarding one of my articles that invoked well-understood principles of neuroplasticity to explain how any learning system, child or artificial intelligence (AI) can be...

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

The Rise of the Digital Émigré

Nov 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...

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?

Nov 17, 2020

On Monday, November 9, BioNTech, a biotech company owned by a Turkish-German couple, Dr. Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, together with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer shared some promising news in the wake of the intense race toward eradicating COVID-19. The preliminary but potentially conclusive...

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