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Silicon Valley Could Use Some Guanxi

Chinese
about 2 years ago

The Chinese can't innovate, right? All that rote learning drummed into their cerebellums from birth. Cloning, now that's a Chinese forte. It makes a comforting chestnut for Americans looking just over the horizon at what the world might look like in five or ten years from now. We still have our ...

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European Union: The Trade Perspective

Eurocrisis%20edited
about 2 years ago

Europe’s economic troubles are reaching a pivotal point. In Spain, where austerity measures has caused a 0.3% economic contraction from Q4 of 2011, unemployment has risen to a record 25% and just over 50% among youth. The Italian economy, already forecast to grow negatively this year, contracted 0 ...

Experts' Corner

Technology Will Lead to De-Urbanization

De_urbanization
about 2 years ago

Since the industrial revolution, humanity has flocked to the cities, where jobs are plentiful and centralized services make inhabitants' lives easier. However, technology is gradually beginning to reverse this trend. People who have always dreamed of escaping the city for the country life, but who ...

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The Future of Architecture = No New Buildings

Florence
over 2 years ago

You heard it here first. NO NEW BUILDINGS. The future of architecture hangs in the balance–a balance of energy and environmental constraints that will profoundly alter the way humans interact with their environment. For centuries architects have seen themselves as creators of the built environment ...

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Five Ways to Change the System from Within

Whitehouse
over 2 years ago

Editor's Note: In a recent interview with Big Think, Richard Tafel, founder of the Log Cabin Republicans and The Public Squared gave us his advice for transforming the system: create a super PAC for the people, by the people. Challenge intractable elected officials. Shake things up. Ensure that ...