Facebook may have a ‘determining role’ in genocide and must be regulated

Imagine if an agency came into your neighborhood and starting inquiring about each person’s gender and race, religion, and moral beliefs, political affiliations, social likes and dislikes, who every person’s friends were, what they talked about, and the most intimate details of their relationships…

Don’t believe the hype about AI in business

To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can…

Quantum computers may be more of an imminent threat than AI

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and others have been warning about runway artificial intelligence, but there may be a more imminent threat: quantum computing. It could pose a greater burden on businesses than the Y2K computer bug did toward the end of the ’90s. Quantum computers are…

The future of education is virtual

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were supposed to bring a revolution in education. But they haven’t lived up to expectations. We have been putting educators in front of cameras and shooting video — just as the first TV shows did with radio stars, microphone in hand. This…

How Trump is making China and India great again

“Thank you for what you are doing for America; your successes have put India in very positive light and shown us what is possible in India” said Atal Bihari Vajpayee to me in a one-on-one meeting during his visit to the White House in…

The Bitcoin bubble is going to burst. Let’s promote viable digital currencies instead.

In the 17th century, Dutch speculators drove the price of imported tulip bulbs up to insane levels. Not wanting to miss out on the upside, ordinary people rushed in to the market. Many put their homes up as collateral in the hope of building wealth….

It’s okay to turn away from screens sometimes and meet friends and family in person

Facebook’s recent acknowledgment that social media may be making its users feel bad in some cases is a significant milestone. So far, the technology industry hardly has talked about the downsides of their products. Now a realization seems to be setting in that perhaps something has…

Why Bitcoin is the largest Ponzi scheme in human history

During the late ’90s, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and New York City investment bankers used phrases such as “monetizing eyeballs,” “stickiness,” and “B2C” to justify the ridiculous valuations of Internet companies. They claimed conventional methods were inapplicable in valuing the dot-com companies — which…

China is right: The world doesn’t need Silicon Valley

Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he…

PBS NewsHour on the jobless future and my book, Driver in the Driverless Car

Are we on the brink of a jobless future? Aug 31, 2017 6:48 pm EDT Futurologists have been predicting the automation armageddon — robots replacing human workers — for decades. Has the future finally arrived? Economics correspondent Paul Solman visits Silicon Valley to talk…

Why we need new regulations to protect us from Facebook and Equifax

The theft of an estimated 143 million Americans’ personal details in a data breach of consumer-credit reporting agency Equifax and the Russian hack of the U.S. elections through Facebook had one thing in common: they were facilitated by the absence of legal protection for…

If Trump revokes DACA, it will create a humanitarian crisis

As Americans are still reeling from the shock of hearing their President dignify the actions of hatemongers, there is another social crisis brewing. Starting on Sept. 5, more than a million immigrant children could be kicked out of their jobs, rounded up by police,…

Why, as an immigrant, I am not outraged by Trump’s immigration proposal

My first reaction to the headlines about President Trump’s proposal to cut immigration in half was that it would be as disastrous as his Muslim ban. But after reading details of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (Raise Act), I can’t find a reason…

Why India’s ban on self-driving cars is misguided

India may ban self-driving cars even before they become fully operational. Its transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari told the Hindustan Times on Tuesday: “I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment,…

Times of India: What Indian IT can learn from Japan, Korea

Japan and Korea were at the top of the world in the ’80s and ’90s, rising from war-ravaged economies to the ranks of the “developed” nations. Their companies became global powerhouses, and corporate executives became confident and assertive. And then they were humbled by…

If you could ‘design’ your own child, would you?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented…

Why I remain optimistic about Tesla

Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding $50 billion, it can be easy to argue that Tesla’s…

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