Vietnam reaches for a homegrown tech revolution

Communist planners and private players have prioritized development of indigenous social media and computing platforms to supplant Facebook and Google By David Hutt, @davidhuttjourno Nguyen Manh Hung has been acting Minister of Information and Communications for only two months but he has already reverted to the script left by his predecessors: Vietnam needs to develop … Continue reading Vietnam reaches for a homegrown tech revolution

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Trump’s misguided policies will displace the dollar

By Jeffrey D Sachs Back in 1965, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, then France’s minister of finance, famously called the benefits that the United States reaped from the dollar’s role as the world’s main reserve currency an “exorbitant privilege.” The benefits are diminishing with the rise of the euro and China’s renminbi as competing reserve currencies. And … Continue reading Trump’s misguided policies will displace the dollar

Greater Eurasia coming together in the Russian Far East

The Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok has become a crucial part of strategic integration between China, Russia and other countries in northeast Asia, a graduation assimilation set to transform the current world system By Pepe Escobar Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin were involved in a joint cooking venture. Pancakes with caviar (blin, in Russian), chased … Continue reading Greater Eurasia coming together in the Russian Far East

World’s First Ultra-Cheap Printable Solar Panels Launched in Australia

By McKinley Corbley An inexpensive new kind of solar power has just been launched in Australia and it could signal the start of a groundbreaking new market for renewable energy. Professor Paul Dastoor has created organic solar panels that can be printed using conventional printers. By using electronic inks that are printed onto sub-millimeter thin … Continue reading World’s First Ultra-Cheap Printable Solar Panels Launched in Australia

Leapfrogging: How China caught up to Silicon Valley

By George Koo An upcoming book on artificial intelligence makes the startling contention that in just the last three years, China has caught up to Silicon Valley in AI. And, no, Mr Trump, it’s not because the Chinese stole the algorithm from Google. Rather, China leapfrogged the US in mobile computing, which enabled it to … Continue reading Leapfrogging: How China caught up to Silicon Valley