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Just a Last Thought

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (The more things change, the more they stay the same) All good things come to an end, so they say. So perhaps that’s a good reason for bringing Just A Thought (JAT) to a...

Measuring the Digital Economy

When the UK still had an automobile industry, there was a standard joke about the manufacture of the Morris Mini Minor, the car Mr Bean drives. The bad news was that each car was sold at a loss. The good news was that...

Media Maketh Man?

What do Martin Luther, the sixteenth century monk who fermented the Reformation across Europe in the sixteenth century, Emmanuel Macron, who came top of the first round of French presidential elections in April 2017...

Time to Retreat?

Is nothing safe! From next month, Singapore’s civil servants will be disconnected from the Internet.[1] And then connected again using notebooks that are disconnected from the government intranet to which all government...

The Future of Malls?

As more people shop online, malls are suffering. Singapore’s mall occupancy rate reached its lowest in 10 years in Nov 2016, according to Bloomberg.[1] Over in China, its top 50 retailers saw a 1.9% decline in sales in...

A New Mercantilism?

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping seem to have something in common, despite the showman image of the former and the statesman image of the latter. They both espouse nationalism. The showman as ‘Make America Great Again’ and...

Bring Back the Robots

“iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots: China’s iPhone factories are being automated.” So read the headline at the close of 2016 on the web news site The Verge.[1] All the...

A Connected Christmas?

Just this week I came across this fascinating pre-Christmas post on Yougotobejoking.com. “Get connected this Christmas. That’s the message coming from the IT world. The Internet-of-Things is everywhere, and now …...

Unthoughtful Emotions

The Financial Times, 5th November 2016, led its Life & Arts supplement with an interview with an American fascist of the name Richard B. Spencer, who promotes racism, anti-Semitism, and ultra ‘white’ nationalism...

Going Up in Smoke

Smartphones are exploding into flames. This guy was fortunate. It burnt a hole in his pocket and the phone dropped out before it burned into him. Many similar stories emerged of phones exploding, some in the middle of...

Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicle are driverless vehicles, vehicles that are basically robots. Singapore has stolen a lead by introducing the first test autonomous taxis, a fleet of six reconfigured Renault Zoes and Mitsubishi...

Fishing or Phishing

Fishing or Phishing ‘We are living in interesting times’: so goes the cryptic Chinese observation, which is really a warning of impending threats. The question is, from which direction do the threats come? From the...

Narcissus Technologies Trump Everything?

Narcissus Technologies Trump Everything? Think of a Narcissus these days and the name Donald Trump is never far away. In Ancient Greek mythology, Narcissus was a youth of such good looks he fell in love with himself...

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