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    China flexes its muscles as a digital world power

    News, Published on 07/12/2017

    » China has firmly established itself as a global leader in consumer-oriented digital technologies. It is the world's largest e-commerce market, accounting for more than 40% of global transactions, and ranks among the top three countries for venture capital investment in autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, drones, and artificial intelligence (AI).

  • OPINION

    No such thing as the fourth industrial revolution

    News, Satyajit Das, Published on 30/11/2016

    » The theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos was the "Fourth Industrial Revolution". Professor Klaus Schwab, WEF's founder, has even published a hasty, crowd-sourced book. He warns that the scale, speed and impact of new technologies, focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, blockchains and biotechnology, are "so profound" that in history "there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril".

  • OPINION

    Who has the lead in the AI race?

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 17/01/2019

    » In October, 31 Chinese teenagers reported to the Beijing Institute of Technology, one of the country's premier military research establishments. Selected from more than 5,000 applicants, Chinese authorities hope they will design a new generation of artificial intelligent weapons systems that could range from microscopic robots to computer worms, submarines, drones and tanks.

  • OPINION

    Separating the Renault-Nissan twins would be bloody

    News, Published on 21/11/2018

    » If you depose a king, you'd best have a plan for what to do in the aftermath.

  • OPINION

    Privacy issue dogs Tesla wannabe

    News, Published on 23/10/2018

    » Investors are throwing billions of dollars at connected cars. The technological advances that enable vehicles to be linked into wireless networks promise greater efficiency and, in theory, safety. They also open the possibility of being watched and monitored more closely -- and that may be a problem for China's self-proclaimed rival to Tesla Inc.

  • OPINION

    Self-driving cars are safer than you behind the wheel

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 24/03/2018

    » There are always some casualties when a new form of transportation comes along. In 1830, at the official opening of the world's first railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, a well-known British politician, William Huskisson, was struck and killed by a locomotive. He was known to be clumsy and accident-prone, but it still cast a pall over the proceedings.

  • OPINION

    Technology can drive green growth in Mekong region

    News, Published on 01/02/2018

    » In the last 20 years, rapid economic growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has reduced poverty and brought prosperity to many of its 420 million people.

  • OPINION

    Living in la la land with an untimely tune

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 13/12/2017

    » I love how Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang cares for the younger generation of the City of Angels and also his vision to make them decent citizens with strict discipline. Last week, the governor announced a plan to launch a CD with a song aimed at preaching to schoolchildren about punctuality. CD handouts are for nearly 500 city schools.

  • OPINION

    Safer vehicles can make terrorist strikes much harder

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 07/06/2017

    » 'Enough is enough," UK Prime Minister Theresa May declared after the London terror attack on Saturday night, the third one this year. But what she proposed to counter the terrorist attacks was, essentially, some freedom of speech restrictions, more powers for law enforcement and longer sentences for terror-related offenses -- the same old toolbox that has been used for almost two decades.

  • OPINION

    Seeing red as road signals go manual

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 08/09/2016

    » I do not know if it is just my pure bad luck or if it is the entire city that has been in gridlock over the past few weeks.

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