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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Google says ‘data is sunlight, not oil’ — Odd mixed metaphor

Davos - Google CFO Rachel Porat told the World Economic Forum that data is more like sunlight than oil, after France hit the company with a fine for data collection privacy issues. The metaphor doesn’t stack up in so many ways.

Op-Ed: Roads melt, massive heat hits Australia

Sydney - You know it’s hot when you get officially warned to “limit your time outdoors” in Australia. We’re used to hot weather, but the last few years have been extreme, and this year is truly hot.

Op-Ed: Toxic masculinity? What’s wrong with men?

Washington - The American Psychological Association (APA) has declared “manliness” harmful. The male image seems to have become stupidly distorted, and worse, impractical to the point of suicide. Unfashionable as men are, it’s a serious issue.

Op-Ed: All Elite Wrestling vs WWE — The war has begun

Jacksonville - World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been the only show in town for nearly 20 years. A new promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) looks like a mix of hitting all the raw nerves of WWE, pun intended.

Op-Ed: New University of Michigan 3D light printing 100x faster

Ann Arbor - 3D printing is about to go from “ooze and fuse” to “splash and flash”, using a new photo printing method which can make complex shapes much faster. This could be the first practical step in a new class of design and manufacturing tools.

Op-Ed: Giant 2500-year-old fungus raises a lot of questions

New York - How does an ancient, gigantic fungus become so genetically stable that its level of mutation is virtually non-existent? How did this huge thing manage to live for 2500 years? Answer those questions, and you have some Big Biology to work with.

Op-Ed: China-U.S. trade talks — Big stakes, big risks

Washington - The China-U.S. trade talks are rattling along, with some offers made by the Chinese, but America now muttering about whether the Chinese will stick to their commitments. The underlying issues are much bigger, and far more dangerous.

Op-Ed: Mob rule — Publishers vs writers morality clauses

New York - As America daily uninvents itself, absurdities and obscenities abound. Not least of these is the bizarre “morality clause” now being forced upon writers. Seems the laziest people on Earth, publishers, are worried about scandals.

Op-Ed: How artificial intelligence will redesign the world

Sydney - The mega-hype surrounding artificial intelligence includes geopolitical, social, economic and many other factors. It's starting to look, however, like artificial intelligence will spring more than a few unexpected surprises on the world, and soon.

Op-Ed: Dumb — Australian housing market example for the world

Sydney - If you were looking for a great way of creating a load of garbage out of thin air, the Australian housing market is a great place to start. This hyperinflated farcical game of Monopoly is now getting its comeuppance.

Op-Ed: Dead rock stars as holographic performers? New moves

Sydney - New holographic tech has enabled Michael Jackson, Roy Orbison, Tupac, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse to perform again. The big issues are tech, image quality, performance, creative values and of course, the audience. How far can this go?

Op-Ed: US losing ball game — Russia announces new hypersonic missiles

Moscow - Russia has completed testing of hypersonic missiles, claiming them to be able to hit 20 times the speed of sound, and invincible. A system of ICBMs, called Avangard, will be “ready” in 2019. This is a game changer, and a trigger for a new arms race.

Op-Ed: AI learns to identify objects like humans

Stanford - Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and nearly a generation of work are paying off as AI learns to visualise and identify objects like humans. This is a huge, and very necessary, step to AI evolution.

Op-Ed: US Syria withdrawal — What happens next?

Washington - The United States military withdrawal from Syria has drawn universal condemnation from everyone but Vladimir Putin. The odd, mistimed strategy may have some very strange, and hideous, consequences.

Op-Ed: Brexit food stockpile grows as Tory idiocy continues

London - Brexit may be the single dumbest move by the British government in history, even compared to World War One, the Somme and Singapore. The Tories are now grasping at non-existent straws. It's not the first time they've destroyed whole generations.

Op-Ed: Russian agent NRA links change intelligence ball game

Washington - The conviction of Russian agent Maria Butina on the basis of conspiracy is a benchmark for a very much evolved and potentially very nasty new stage in global intelligence. The infiltration of the NRA is no joke, in too many ways.

Op-Ed: Chinese asylum claims in Australia up 311% this year

Sydney - Australia’s position on refuges arriving by boat is well known. The position on claiming political asylum is a lot less clear. 27,931 Chinese citizens claimed asylum last year, and things are getting tricky.

Op-Ed: Military drones; the new wave raises questions

Sydney - New technologies, and more capabilities, and more punch are making drones serious military threats. Theoretically, there is no real limit to what these drains can carry, and deliver to a target.

Op-Ed: A real bio virus is being used to speed up computers

Cambridge - You hear a lot about computer viruses, but a new bit of technology has come from the use of a biological virus. It’s called “phase change memory”, and it relates to memory management in two states, “amorphous” and “crystalline” memory.

Op-Ed: Are Google searches too ‘personal’?

Sydney - “Personalization” of searches is common on Google, and you could also argue that it’s inevitable. The problem is that personalization also appears to deliver a lot of inconsistencies.
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