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    Prosperity by a grand societal compromise

    News, Published on 21/12/2017

    » Capitalism has been a great invention of humanity. It has enabled countless entrepreneurs to develop new products and is a major reason why we have modern advancements such as aeroplanes, cars, and mobile phones. Yet, limitless capitalism has its problems. As the French economist Thomas Piketty's influential Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century describes, over an extended period, capitalism invariably leads to ever-growing wealth among the rich at the expense of the poor, causing class cleavages. As Thailand expects to return to normal politics next year, the country must address the potential instability extreme wealth inequality produces.

  • OPINION

    A techie Xmas to one and all

    Life, James Hein, Published on 20/12/2017

    » Another year has passed, and it is time to take a look back.

  • OPINION

    Recognising the limits of recognition protection

    Life, James Hein, Published on 06/12/2017

    » So how good is biometric protection really? In a recent TV series, I watched as the good guys artificially massaged the bad guy's heart to activate the biometric-fingerprint system on his phone. Many modern biometric systems require some evidence of life to work, so the old system of just severing a finger is no longer reliable.

  • OPINION

    China isn't quite ready to take over the world just yet

    News, Christopher Balding, Published on 05/12/2017

    » Almost daily, newspapers in the US, Europe and China release eye-catching headlines about China's technological advances and economic prowess. The accomplishments are real. But they're not necessarily evidence of Western failure or Chinese invincibility.

  • OPINION

    African economic growth rides on wireless rails

    News, Published on 14/11/2017

    » In Kenya, hundreds of thousands of people are rising out of poverty as mobile-money services turn subsistence farmers into business people. A similar dynamic drives Ethiopia, the fastest-growing economy in Africa, where the gross domestic product is forecast to climb 8% in 2019. Borrowing costs in Ghana plummeted almost 2.5 percentage points during the past 12 months amid an unprecedented gain in GDP that's been led by the growth of the telecom industry.

  • OPINION

    Facebook's problems abroad disturb

    News, Published on 31/10/2017

    » For months, Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming from its role in last year's presidential campaign. The company has mounted an all-out defence campaign before this week's congressional hearings on election interference in 2016, hiring three outside communications firms, taking out full-page newspaper ads, and mobilising top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, to beat back accusations that it failed to prevent Russia from manipulating the outcome of the election.

  • OPINION

    Time to say goodbye

    News, Editorial, Published on 23/10/2017

    » The nation awakens today to the realisation that the time has come to say goodbye to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. This week, the five-day royal cremation rites will start on Wednesday and end on Sunday.

  • OPINION

    Why Thailand Won't be 4.0 Anytime Soon

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 25/08/2017

    » We all have already heard the much-touted "Thailand 4.0" vision -- an aspiration for our beloved country to become an advanced version of itself -- but it seems all recent evidence points to the contrary. Here are some reasons why I believe the chances of Thailand reaching 4.0 are, unfortunately, very slim.

  • OPINION

    The walking dead

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 07/08/2017

    » Last month, Honolulu in Hawaii successfully made a significant legal move, labelling itself as the US major city to ban pedestrians from texting or viewing their mobiles or other digital devices when crossing the road. Effective in October, the distracted-walking law will pose penalties from US$15-35 (500-1,163 baht) and repeat offenders fined up to $99.

  • OPINION

    A chance to fix the NBTC

    News, Editorial, Published on 25/07/2017

    » The broadcast business has declared an emergency of sorts over the future of the industry's regulators. The terms for executives in charge of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) expire on Oct 6. Realistically, there is not enough time to appoint a new board.

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