Stories of an extraordinary world – The internet, mon amour | The Economist

The coronavirus pandemic has driven many of us even further into the embrace of the internet. But can you live a truly fulfilled life online? — Read on http://www.economist.com/news/2020/06/19/the-internet-mon-amour

Asian century began in May 2020 – Asia Times

Asian economic recovery is consistent with success in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore have Covid-19 death rates a tenth of Germany’s and a hundredth of the rate in the US, UK, France or Spain. Asia’s short-term surge followed its success in disease prevention. But the long-term driver [...]

The Importance of New Statements on Sovereignty in Cyberspace by Austria, the Czech Republic and United States

With now five States openly supporting the sovereignty-as-a-rule position, the U.K. and United States (or at least the U.S. Department of Defense) find themselves in the minority, and the weight of international opinion might potentially be slowly turning toward the opposite view. Of course, it is still too early to tell how the debate will [...]

Importance of Institutional Power: Taiwan’s Response to Covid Case Study

Why are some nation-states able to handle situations of crisis better than others? The answer lies in the Institutional Power capabilities which successful nation-states create over time. In this presentation we develop a theory of Institutional Power and apply it to Taiwan's response in containing the Covid pandemic. A comprehensive list of news sources related [...]

The Paths to Net Zero | Foreign Affairs

The great technological transformation of the nineteenth century was to harness the power of fossil fuels for industrial growth. The twentieth century rode the wave of innovation that followed and, inadvertently, put the planet on track for massive warming. The defining industrial project of this century will be to leave carbon behind. As governments and [...]

Will brains or algorithms rule the kingdom of science? | Aeon Essays

A schism is emerging in the scientific enterprise. On the one side is the human mind, the source of every story, theory and explanation that our species holds dear. On the other stand the machines, whose algorithms possess astonishing predictive power but whose inner workings remain radically opaque to human observers. As we humans strive [...]

Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today – Scientific American

The field of thermodynamics—which deals with the physics of heat and efficiency—arose during the Industrial Revolution. Scientists today are working to update these laws to address modern technology, particularly quantum computers, quantum communication and quantum information. This melding of 19th-century science and futuristic technology resembles the combination of Victorian style and sci-fi invention in the [...]

Rise and Fall of the Indus Valley Civilisation: a perspective

    The Indus Valley Civilisation lasted from the late fifth to the second millennium BC, developed a vast network of well planned settlements and engaged in long distance trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. The civilisation was referred to as Meluhha in Mesopotamian sources - a name which still exists in India for many fertile [...]

The Parable of the Superhero Movie

You’ve been bitten by a radioactive spider. Or, you come from a doomed planet in the far reaches of space. Maybe, you’re a god, or the child of a god-king. Perhaps you are just an incredibly rich billionaire, philanthropist, playboy or, heaven forbid, orphan. But, the crux of the story is - you have power. [...]