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Paul Wallis

Editor-at-Large based in Sydney, Australia. Joined on May 27, 2007
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Op-Ed: Madonna versus BBC1 — Too old for radio?

BBC1 has dropped Madonna from its playlist. Her new single won’t be played. She is not happy, but the question is now who’s out of touch? If the modern music market is currently saturated with easy bake pop songs, where do you draw the line?

Op-Ed: Taylor Swift buys ‘taylorswift.porn’ domain, raises big questions

Sydney - She may not be famous for her intellectual songs, but Swift is showing a lot of genuine business savvy in recent times. Her latest is to shut down the possibility of anyone starting taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.adult sites by buying the name.

Op-Ed: Inheritable Genetic Modifications for humans? It’s here, now

Berkeley - It sounds like a eugenicist’s dream. The ability to pass on genetic modifications to generations of humans, called “genome editing”, is a mix of fabulous science and hideous risks.

Op-Ed: Super-fast liquid media 3D printing with light and air (video)

Chapel Hill - A new approach to 3D printing has put an end to the downside of slow line by line conventional 3D printing, using liquid media and plain old light and air. This is a true game changer, and will make 3D printing infinitely more flexible and efficient.

Op-Ed: Anonymous vs Kanye West? Not a good move

Sydney - An Anonymous group has decided to target Kanye West for, well, being Kanye West. Apparently the group has taken issue with Mr West’s shall we say self centered mode of existence and modes of expression.

Op-Ed: Van Gogh weather — multiple cyclones hit Pacific, Australia

Sydney - The weather map looks like it was done by Van Gogh. Two cyclones, Nathan and Pam, are bearing down on eastern Australia. Aother gigantic swirl appears just over the equator, parallel to Cyclone Pam. Cyclone Olwyn is crossing the western coast.

Op-Ed: Artiphon — New ‘play anything’ MIDI instrument democratizes music

Nashville - Thousands of years ago, the basic lyre, a simple stringed instrument, was the “people’s instrument”. It could be played by anyone. The Artiphon is a MIDI instrument which looks like a slide guitar and includes a full suite of musical instruments.

Op-Ed: Trashy Instagram account humiliates Sydney homeless

Sydney - An Instagram account called “Murder Mall” has decided to go Nazi by picking on homeless people as targets in Sydney. Social workers are furious, and local media is less than impressed.

Op-Ed: The new arms race — Hypersonic missiles and the doomsday racket

Sydney - …And now the good news. It’s not just economists and corporations trying to destroy humanity. Those lazy military industrial complexes have found a nice money spinner — Hypersonic weapons. Yeah, dance in the streets, the doomsday racket is back!

Op-Ed: Anonymous — The complexities of a role of conscience and media

Sydney - Anonymous started as “hacktivists”, but soon enough became a lot more. This amorphous group of people is now the front line of effective progressive action. A role of conscience in this world is no simple thing.

Op-Ed: Micro Apartments — Your personal space is shrinking

New York - The new horizon for humanity is about 3 metres away, or 5 metres away, depending on where you look. A combination of lack of space and exploitable markets has created the new micro apartments.

Op-Ed: Greece given 4 months, but EU double standards continue

Athens - Greece has been given an extra 4 months to “present reforms” to the EU. The reforms are described as “tackling tax evasion, corruption and dealing with the humanitarian crisis.” What, the one caused by the EU?

Op-Ed: U.S. think tank CFR calls for removal of Australian PM Abbott

Sydney - American think tanks rarely make undiplomatic statements. Australians woke up this morning to find that a peak think tank called the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) was saying that the Australian Prime Minister should be removed.

Op-Ed: PTSD, veterans and crime — Serious legal problems arising

Washington D.c. - The idea that PTSD sufferers should be exempt from the death penalty has opened a lot of different cans. Not least of which is “discriminatory law,” the issue of separating a group of people with a medical condition by legal classification.

Op-Ed: Bill Gates warns against artificial intelligence

The debate regarding artificial intelligence has reached the commercial sphere. Bill Gates has joined Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk in warning of the risks to humanity from artificial intelligence. In an interview on Reddit, he explained his views.

Op-Ed: Duhhhmocracy — Kochs will spend $899 million on 2016 elections

Washington D.c. - Good news, paycheck watchers — you can be sure that at least two of America’s 312 million people will be well represented in 2016. The geriatric answer to the Olsen Twins, the Koch Brothers, will spend just under $1 billion in the 2016 elections.

Op-Ed: Democracy or austerity? Greece to test the theory of EU finance

Athens - The recent history of Greece’s austerity and the EU’s imposition of crushing conditions may be about to end. The Syriza party was elected on its platform of renegotiating the EU’s terms.

Op-Ed: Prince Philip given Aussie knighthood, country baffled

Canberra - Nobody in Australia has anything much against Philip or the nice lady from whom we rent the English language. Nor are the royals personae non grata in Australia, by any stretch of the imagination. But we gave him an award, anyway.

Op-Ed: Rethinking the world’s cities — Paris shows the way

Paris - Paris is historically a home of innovation. It’s also a home of culture, and cultural critics, and when Paris decides to give itself a makeover, you can be assured of a lively debate. The new Green version of Paris is pretty damn stunning.

Op-Ed: Did viruses help create the human brain? Apparently, yes

Lund - New Swedish research has hit an intriguing, if rather stunning range of findings. Ancient viruses have had a lot to do with creating the brain’s neural networks. It seems viruses, natural DNA managers, have been shaping the human brain.
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