The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests

March 25, 2021

In November 2020, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation published an article by Paul Nemitz and Matthias Pfeffer on the threat to digital sovereignty in Europe. They called attention to the need in Europe for “decentralised digital technologies” to combat a trend they see as essential for preserving...

The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Worse Than You Think

August 30, 2019

Let’s put the situation in perspective. The whole world is outraged by the raging fires in the Amazon rainforest. It has been said that the “lungs of the world” are burning, and this has since become a trending topic globally. Yet the analogy is totally wrong. The situation is much...

Are Humans and Machines at War?

June 13, 2019

With robots and artificial intelligence destined to take over the economy, does anyone have an idea of how a truce might end the war between man and machine? Wired features an article with the title, “Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One.” The author, Matt Simon,...

Christmas without Toys R Us: Who Will Fill Its Stockings?

December 02, 2018

With no more Toys R Us, Amazon seems poised to fill the void this Christmas. This year will mark the first holiday shopping season in decades without Toys R Us, the venerated toy store that shuttered after mounting financial problems and sliding sales. Amazon has already made steps toward...

Amazon Is Getting Paid to Move to New York

November 16, 2018

Amazon and Jeff Bezos were so desperate they needed the generosity of the citizens of New York to help them pay their future rent. If any of us formulated the plan to move to New York and either buy a house or build one, we would begin looking at the price of property to decide whether or not we...

Marketing Tricks to Promote Mass Consumption

October 22, 2017

Companies have the manipulative talent of getting customers to buy more than they intend to, and they do it through three simple tactics. The first marketing trick that is increasingly used by businesses is offering products and services as “free.” Retail stores have found a way to convince...

Will SoftBank Vision Fund’s $6 Billion Bet in India Pay Off?

October 15, 2017

The world’s largest tech fund is setting its sights on India’s internet sector with stakes in Flipkart, Ola and others. Will it pay off? The SoftBank Vision Fund, the largest technology investment fund in the world, has set its sights on India. In August, the fund added another Indian tech...

Why Drones Delivering Packages in Cities Won’t Take Off

January 12, 2017

The practical reality of using drones in cities remains far away and is getting ever more distant. You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of chips. Until recently, this was the...

How Smart Homes Can Unlock the Mainstream Market

April 03, 2016

While Amazon scored an unexpected hit with its suite of Echo smart homes, the sector is still waiting for a system that will seamlessly integrate a growing cadre of “intelligent” products. Amazon’s popular Echo device powered by an artificial intelligence personal assistant called Alexa...

Amazon vs. Hachette: The Battle for the Future of Publishing

June 29, 2014

Traditional publishers must play to their strengths as they fight against major booksellers such as Amazon. Amazon.com is getting a very public thrashing these days. Stephen Colbert flipped his middle finger at the e-commerce retailer on his Comedy Central TV program. Best-selling author James...

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