General Interest – Pakistan & Gulf Economist http://www.pakistaneconomist.com Pakistan's Business Financial Magazine Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Silicon Valley wants to read your mind – here’s why you should be worried http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/silicon-valley-wants-to-read-your-mind-heres-why-you-should-be-worried/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/silicon-valley-wants-to-read-your-mind-heres-why-you-should-be-worried/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:05:33 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31624 Not content with monitoring almost everything you do online, Facebook now wants to read your mind as well. The social media giant recently announced a breakthrough in its plan to create a device that reads people’s brainwaves to allow them to type just by thinking. And Elon Musk wants to go even further. One of …

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How AI and robots will help safeguard our offshore energy infrastructure in the future http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/how-ai-and-robots-will-help-safeguard-our-offshore-energy-infrastructure-in-the-future/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/how-ai-and-robots-will-help-safeguard-our-offshore-energy-infrastructure-in-the-future/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:04:47 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31618 The modern world depends on the smooth provision of vital services such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, water and healthcare. But the systems underpinning these sectors are increasingly complex and interdependent, interacting at a global scale – which makes them susceptible to potentially catastrophic failures when they come under stress. The recent blackout in the …

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Indonesia is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit. And others in ASEAN aren’t far behind http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/indonesia-is-buzzing-with-entrepreneurial-spirit-and-others-in-asean-arent-far-behind/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/indonesia-is-buzzing-with-entrepreneurial-spirit-and-others-in-asean-arent-far-behind/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:04:16 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31621 What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we’ve all been asked at some point. If you live in Indonesia, the answer could well be “an entrepreneur”, according to a recent survey. More than one-third of the country’s young people, between the ages of 15 and 35, want to work …

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5 challenges for government adoption of AI http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/5-challenges-for-government-adoption-of-ai/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/5-challenges-for-government-adoption-of-ai/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:03:26 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31616 From transportation solutions to video-streaming applications, artificial intelligence (AI) permeates almost every aspect of our lives. This includes government, where AI is increasingly making an impact. Consider the two examples below: Emma chatbot: US Citizenship and Immigration Services receives a considerable amount of service requests daily. In response, a chatbot named Emma was deployed to address …

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The UK is using shipping containers to create affordable housing http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/the-uk-is-using-shipping-containers-to-create-affordable-housing/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/the-uk-is-using-shipping-containers-to-create-affordable-housing/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:02:39 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31611 The humble shipping container is finding new life in the U.K., where Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects has obtained approval to construct a series of homes out of the ubiquitous containers. This “cargotecture” project is aimed at providing cheap, social housing using recycled materials. These microhomes will have a kitchen and living room in the front and …

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Hong Kong protests and Brexit could both end up benefiting financial elites http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/hong-kong-protests-and-brexit-could-both-end-up-benefiting-financial-elites/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/hong-kong-protests-and-brexit-could-both-end-up-benefiting-financial-elites/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:02:09 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31615 Protests in Hong Kong have captured the world’s attention in recent weeks, with demonstrators closing streets and the airport, and Chinese forces amassing near the border with a none too subtle threat of violent reprisal. The protests began in response to a new extradition law, but have spilled over into a general unease about the …

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Why the world needs the youth revolution more than ever http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/why-the-world-needs-the-youth-revolution-more-than-ever/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/why-the-world-needs-the-youth-revolution-more-than-ever/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:01:37 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31607 Young people coming together in joint action has served as a major engine of social transformation throughout human history. At key moments, younger generations have repeatedly acted to overthrow and dismantle systems of oppression, subordination and injustice. Today, youth-led collective action is proving decisive in combating global challenges. From fighting for the environment, to protecting …

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The US branding China a ‘currency manipulator’ threatens global stability http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/the-us-branding-china-a-currency-manipulator-threatens-global-stability/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/19/the-us-branding-china-a-currency-manipulator-threatens-global-stability/#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:01:06 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31608 The US has escalated its trade war with China by accusing the country of devaluing its currency to make its exports unfairly cheap. When China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB) fell below the symbolic seven-per-dollar level on August 5, President Donald Trump reacted by labelling China a currency manipulator on Twitter. His Treasury department followed suit, …

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This new solar technology can be printed or woven into fabric http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/05/this-new-solar-technology-can-be-printed-or-woven-into-fabric/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/05/this-new-solar-technology-can-be-printed-or-woven-into-fabric/#respond Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:05:04 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31317 Our planet is facing an unprecedented global emergency due to the climate crisis. To counter thus narrative we need new and disruptive energy technologies. Breakthroughs here can make our planet a better place to live, minimize the deleterious effects of climate change and ensure a high standard of living. Harvesting energy through green and clean …

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4 climate tipping points the planet is facing http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/05/4-climate-tipping-points-the-planet-is-facing/ http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/2019/08/05/4-climate-tipping-points-the-planet-is-facing/#respond Sun, 04 Aug 2019 19:04:42 +0000 http://www.pakistaneconomist.com/?p=31313 Is our planet approaching a climate change cliff edge? Across the world, from the forests to the oceans, the consequences of humanity’s activities are being felt – and the effects could be catastrophic. Here are four key climate emergencies happening right now: 1. Arctic permafrost is melting Image: Nature   Rising temperatures are destabilizing the frozen …

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