Real AI will arrive in some form in the not-too-distant future, but predicting its social and political impact is hard. As hard as it would have been for the Čapek brothers and their audience to foresee in 1921 what robo
This is not charity; it’s self-interest. So long as the virus is circulating widely in poorer countries, it constitutes an enormous reservoir in which new mutations will occur frequently.
Xi once declared that 'reunification' of Taiwan with the PRC is an 'inevitable requirement for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people.' This makes about as much sense as saying that unification with Puerto Rico is
Alexei Navalny is probably not the man who will finally take Vladimir Putin down. What he is doing to great effect is mobilizing the tech-savvy young.
Mike Pompeo is setting slow-burning fires in plain sight, which is why a European foreign minister recently described him as a ‘political pyromaniac’—and this is his ‘scorched-earth’ policy.
The U.K. took brave and potentially momentous decision in announcing that the scheduled second shot of the vaccine would be postponed to 12 weeks after the first for everybody who hadn’t already had it.
American democracy will probably survive its current difficulties. Democracy as the default mode in the world certainly will.
There is the ‘military-industrial complex’ in every developed country, of course: millions of jobs and billions in profits. But that still depends on a perception of threat, even if the threat isn’t really there.