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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Social media apps designed to addict users? Yes!

Sydney - Behavioral addiction is a well-known expression, but it’s usually about habituated natural behaviors, OCD, etc. Now, it’s about apps, and the value of habitual use of social media. It’s not a pretty picture.

Op-Ed: Er, um… Space Force? Golly Gee! OK…?

Sydney - The Trump administration’s rather brief and very vague call for a US space force, despite its bombastic source, is a potential goer. There are reasons for the US to take a good look at this issue, and some real risks to address.

Op-Ed: FCC hits the fan — Senate overturns net neutrality repeal

Washington - The FCC, reviled for its enthusiasm for overturning of net neutrality, is in trouble. The Senate has rejected net neutrality repeal, as the FCC comes under fire for allegedly faking a DDoS attack and millions of comments supporting the repeal.

Op-Ed: Brexit ‘Doomsday’ plans — Is it really that bad? Looks like it is

London - Britain’s plans for a worst case Brexit scenario are stupefyingly horrific. The theory goes that the country could run out of food, petrol, medicine, etc. British plans to deal with these risks are, to put it mildly, bizarre.

Op-Ed: Dumb enough? China vs tariffs and US trade credibility

Beijing - This is not a good look. The recent US/China trade talks have stalled. No agreement was reached, but an ominous warning from China that all trade deals are “void” if the US imposes tariffs has all the signs of a truly unbending, uncompromising positio

Op-Ed: AI learning to predict conversations and ‘moral’ violence

Sydney - AI, the ancient holy grail of thinkers and the brand new buzzword of morons, is going from strength to strength. The new thing is AI learning to predict when a conversation is likely to get nasty or when violence is a real risk.

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.
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