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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Major deal — Let's not get too damn cute about GDPR consents

Brussels - GDPR, or the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, has already hit the world’s big players with lawsuits against them, filed by an Austrian privacy activist called Max Schrems.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

Sydney - An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Op-Ed: AVATAR AI Virtual border guards — Backed by Homeland Security

San Diego - Yep, virtual border agents, kiosks using AI and acting as lie detectors are already well advanced. Thrilled so far? It gets a lot weirder. The sheer level of faith in the idea is stranger than the tech.

Op-Ed: Google's Project Maven — A tech too far?

Mountain View - A very important debate about whether Google should sell artificial intelligence to the military has raised a lot of questions. The problem is the answers to those questions. A very tough call has to be made.

Op-Ed: Trump admin plans US AI economic dominance? Guess again.

Washington - The Trump administration is planning for AI domination over other nations in so many words. The no class administration is telling the world how it’s going to dominate. The reality may be somewhat hugely different.

Op-Ed: Insight lander — Writing the history of Mars

Los Angeles - The new NASA Mars lander has a truly monumental task – To understand alien geology, and try to make sense of a planet quite unlike Earth in so many ways. Mars is often said to be “like Earth”, but it’s not.

Op-Ed: Major deal —Google rewriting the rules for political ads, forever

Mountain View - If GOP Washington is still in denial about Russian political interference, the commercial market isn’t. Google has just added its very considerable weight in to disclosure of buyers of political ads, and this new approach will work.

Op-Ed: Networks vs public broadcasters – Ugly test case in progress

Sydney - Australia’s two public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, are being accused by private broadcasters of “competing” with them. The legal basis for this complaint is that they’re supposed to be “competitive neutral”, which can mean anything at all.

Op-Ed: Can A.I. perform Extreme Personalization customer service? Maybe

Sydney - If “Extreme Personalization” sounds like the most offensive, riskiest buzz phrase ever, you’ll be pleased to know it comes with a tonnage of management science crap, too. The new idea is to make A.I. effective with customers, but…?

Op-Ed: Curing patients not good for business — Goldman Sachs

New York City - The company famous for its social sensitivity has decided that curing sick people simply reduces profits. Goldman Sachs, with a degree of insensitivity or perhaps just more grovelling to the rich, has come up with reasons for people to stay sick.

Op-Ed: China building bases in Pacific nations

Sydney - China is discussing building a military base with the government of Vanuatu. This is seen as a further move by China to expand its global and regional projection of power. The question is exactly where this strategy is going.

Op-Ed: Cometh the Deluge — China hits back with trade tariffs

Sydney - In the most predictable move in modern economic history, China has retaliated with tariffs on 128 American imports, notably food products. This is the least rational trade war since the Depression, which was also caused by tariffs.

Fighting e-waste with Dell corporate savvy and art Special

Mckinney - A mix of Dell’s international e-waste recycling and the very expert Benjamin Von Wong’s artistic skills can make a big point about a big issue. E-waste is one of the big new plagues in the environment, and it MUST be managed well.

Op-Ed: Reinventing the Internet— Regulate, modernize, or both?

Sydney - People are fed up with an internet which is as much a risk as an asset. Nor is online business so great for revenue or risks. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who invented the internet, wants regulation. That may not be enough.

Blockchain grows up: White Rabbit monetizes film rights cash flow Special

Los Angeles - This IS huge, and it’s happening now. Blockchain is entering real commerce, in a big way. A company called White Rabbit has a browser plug-in using blockchain to monetize film streaming rights and deliver viable cash flow.

MakerBot: The catalyst for super-innovation in education Special

Brooklyn - It’s not often you see something which can totally revolutionize education, but MakerBot is it. MakerBot is a suite of skills, using 3D printing, CAD, and other essentials. This is the digital transformation which will transform the world.

Op-Ed: Blockchain to replace Netflix and Old Media? It’s on its way

Sydney - Consider thousands or millions/billions of computers acting as broadcasters. Exit Big Entertainment, Netflix, and maybe even exterminate the appalling slop claiming to be entertainment? It can happen.

Op-Ed: Can AI deal with climate change AND human stupidity?

Sydney - It’s official; predicting the weather is now very difficult, thanks to climate change. The weird jet streams, heat, floods and droughts are hitting hard, and knowing what happens next is crucial.

Op-Ed: AI vs business models — Guess who’s winning

Sydney - The typical perceptions of AI, like any new tech, are now biting, hard, at business models. Also typical is the fact that this demonized new tech isn’t behaving as the negatives suggest, nor exactly as the evangelists describe.

Op-Ed: Blockchain looking dumb after $400 million ‘disappears’

Tokyo - It’s exactly what blockchain is supposed to prevent; $400 million in an obscure cryptocurrency called NEM simply vanished. The exchange is baffled, and the blockchain myth of transparency has taken a serious kick in the teeth.
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