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The case for the sharing economy

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The case for the sharing economy

The sharing economy is not only a different way of presenting services such as Uber or Airbnb, but actually a wide range of companies that operate on the basis of shared resources to maximise their utility. Innovations in this area, however, require rethinking  the State's current authorisation system to give more flexibility to companies, employees and consumers. Uber’s example…

Humankind versus machine

Humankind versus machine

Columbia University announced in 2016 that the School of Engineering had created a 3D printer for food. The announcement received little, if any, attention in the mainstream, despite the benefits of the device: 3D food printing offers revolutionary new options for convenience and customization, from controlling nutrition to managing dietary needs to saving energy and transport costs to creating…

The Global Citizen

The Global Citizen

Gustavo Matos is a Socialist Member of the Autonomic Parliament of Canarias (Spain). Mr. Matos has a Law Degree by the Universidad de la Laguna and a Masters Degree by Escuela Jurídica de Editorial Colex (Universidad de Salamanca).  ____ We are living a time of changes. Or perhaps it would be better to say that we are living during a change of times. The beginning of the 21st…

Towards clearer skies: The East- West bridge

Towards clearer skies: The East- West bridge

The richness of history and diversity of thought between East and West are as undeniable as they are fascinating. One cannot expect to have a well-rounded image of history and present-day reality without first exploring what both Orient and Occident have to offer. As much as the world of today tries to explore and connect these two diverse cultural perspectives, harmony between the two has yet to…

Whose rules?

Whose rules?

The word “beneficiary” is a legal term defining simply the person or persons designated as the lawful heirs upon the decease of a third person. In the hands of the social justice warriors (SJW), the term has assumed a new and sinister significance. The word’s original usage requires an object, i.e. the full phrase is “beneficiary of –.” The SJWs use the word…

Zuckerberg will testify in the European Parliament. The script writes itself.

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Zuckerberg will testify in the European Parliament. The script writes itself.

After his testimony in front of Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by the European Parliament. Weeks after the invitation, Zuckerberg has now agreed to meet parliamentarians in a private session.   EU Legislation is already set   Initially, Italian European Parliament chairman Antonio Tajani reacted in a very polite, yet firm manner to Zuckerberg's…

Coins in the jungle

Coins in the jungle

There is a myth about the clearing of Penang Island during British colonization that can serve as a modern morality tale. According to the story, Captain Francis Light (1740 – 1794), the military officer charged with clearing the jungle, loaded his unit’s cannons with gold coins and fired them into the jungle, which promptly swallowed them. Knowing that retrieval of the coins required…

French wine is absolutely worthless – at least until I drink it

French wine is absolutely worthless – at least until I drink it

French wine is absolutely worthless – at least until I drink it All effort made by French farmers; selecting the fruit, cultivating the soil, harvesting the grapes, crushing, pressing, storing, perhaps blending and finally bottling of the finished liquid is totally worthless until someone drinks the product. Until consumption it is only water and rotten fruits. This must be the belief of…

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

No, Facebook should not submit to more regulation

  Recently, the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees questioned Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook with regard to the recent Cambridge Analytica data privacy breach scandal.The breach of personal data and privacy hits very close to home for most, as, in the age of technology, where surveillance capacities have become increasingly advanced over…

On AI, Europe prefers to "think" than to innovate

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
On AI, Europe prefers to "think" than to innovate

Despite the enormous opportunities provided by the technology surrounding artificial intelligence, the European Union is more preoccupied with coming up with creative ways of taxing automation and regulating AI. This will eventually show to be a massive error of judgement.   The Commission's AI "strategy"   During the Digital Summit in Tallinn in October, the…

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