This is my recommended read of the week. It’s a very thorough investigation into how the behemoth that makes everything from iPhones to Kindles works and abuses those who work for them. It is a very sobering article.
First Huawei, then TikTok and last week, WeChat: we are navigating stormy seas when it comes to the US-China relationship. It all seems very arcane to an average person. After all, it is easy to find a replacement for TikTok. We don’t use Huawei and WeChat as ordinary Americans. But when the blowback comes, it … Continue reading US-China Tech War: Apple is in the eye of a hurricane.
We are all rightfully preoccupied with the pandemic that we have not started to notice that the future outlined in science fiction stories has begun to arrive in bits and pieces. There was a time when the world would turn its eyes towards Silicon Valley to find what’s next. But these days, the vision of … Continue reading Living inside patchwork Future
When you point a finger at someone, remember you have four pointed at yourself. I was reminded of that proverb when reading this story in The Atlantic, about the moral hazard of dealing with China. While the thrust of the article was focused on academic institutions, I couldn’t help but notice the irony: The Atlantic … Continue reading The moral hazard of finger-pointing
Say hello to the Hangzhou Internet Court that is in session and accessible via WeChat. It has handled 3 million legal cases or other judicial procedures. It was first established in 2017 to help online trade disputes, copyright cases, and e-commerce product liability claims. By using artificial intelligence, chatbots, and other new technologies, the digital court judges are augmented by humans to get quick decisions. The cost of mistyping couldn’t be higher. Read on Japan Times.