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The new Dutch East India company is… Chinese
African government outsources its citizens to Alipay
Dateline: 1 April 2024
They say history never repeats itself – but it sure does rhyme. In a move that can best be compared to the way large parts and populations of Africa and India were divided up and dished out to the management of private firms, such as the British and Dutch East India companies in the 17th...

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In mobs we trust
Whose meme is it anyway?
Dateline: 25 September 2025
Much has been written about the wisdom – and madness – of crowds, but now it’s becoming increasingly obvious that any social movement or business enterprise requires at least some level of collaboration and cooperation with like-minded individuals. When it’s creative we call it teamwork or synergistic, and when it’s destructive we call it herd...
IBM lays down the quantum gauntlet
It’s the only way to tackle the data tsunami
Dateline: 19 September 2023
IBM today announced the largest working quantum computer yet, with over 1,000 qubits – the hardware bits that make quantum computing magic possible. While IBM is concentrating on the hardware and its super-cooled supporting infrastructure, other companies – including several startups – are providing parts of the software ‘stack’, like circuits and algorithms, to enable...
Apple unveils the self-charging phone
New iPhone has ‘endless’ battery power
Dateline: 12 September 2024
The latest version of the iPhone Pro Max comes with a special feature – you never have to plug it into a mains outlet, ever. It comes with a PowerPod that is also standalone and never needs a wall socket. In typical Apple fashion, the self-charging iPhone was kept under wraps until the annual launch...
OK Google, where the heck am I now?
Hey Siri, this is another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!
Dateline: 4 September 2023
Have you noticed lately that Maps is sending a lot of drivers up the garden path, or on a wild goose chase? And when the baby is due and you’re trying to find your way to the hospital, in the dark, that’s not a great scenario. Granted, it’s not as bad as the early days...
Welcome to the whipsaw world
This roller coaster ride is… perfectly normal
Dateline: 29 August 2022
Hang on and don’t be alarmed. What goes up must go down, and the other way around. And it will probably happen sooner than you think; or maybe later. If you’re not confused, you obviously haven’t been paying attention! Nowhere is this more evident than in the American stock market, as demonstrated by the S&P500...
The Hyperloop is dead
Long live Tesla Tunnels!
Dateline: 21 August 2025
Despite every intention and many millions of venture dollars, there’s no denying that the Hyperloop is dead – except as a visitor attraction at Disney World and Dubai City. As a mass transit system between cities, it is an abject failure. While the idea of sending pods of people and freight zooming at Mach speeds...
Going back from the future
Not forward to the past
Dateline: 14 August 2025
It’s taken some companies and business leaders decades to master the art of learning from the future, but the real world is a patient teacher. After the Great Upheaval caused by the pandemic of 2020, followed by the political and economic shocks of ’21 and ’23, we had no choice but to face the fact...
Everyone’s an expert now
But where’s the expertise?
Dateline: 7 August 2024
Here’s the thing: Now that knowledge is universally accessible, it doesn’t take much more than a few hours of surfing the interwebs to glean insight into the most intractable conundrum. You can even acquire a valuable new skill by watching a few YouTube vids on the subject; DIY-as-a-Service. It’s no longer rocket science to learn...
The meal that changed everything
Who would have thought an exotic dish could cost so much?
Dateline: 29 July 2022
No one imagined that a meal of exotic animals from a wet market in Wuhan could come at such an incredible cost, both in terms of human lives and economic deprivation. The global tsunami that was coronavirus has weakened to a tropical storm that is blowing itself out in Venezuela, and people talk about the...
Pharma falls on flu season failure
Demand for cough and cold remedies nearly non-existent
Dateline: 19 April 2022
In a strange twist of fate for the big pharma companies, their profits were sharply down in the first quarter, as the regular flu season turned out to be a damp squib. It’s somewhat ironic that pharmaceutical giants that conquered Covid-19 with life-saving therapeutic drugs and vaccines, have now been ‘punished’ with a lack of...

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