China - Global trends and China's future. In a polycentric world, Beijing will increasingly play a bigger role. How will the world look in 2030? Which trends will have the greatest impact over the next two decades?
Germany leaves Italy and France behind in euro zone recovery Reuters Commission predicts euro zone growth of 1.2 percent this year * Germany set for 1.8 percent jump - three times that of Italy * EU economy chief Rehn - 'worst of crisis' may be...
The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier pulls even further away.
Big stores and restaurants are chasing richer customers with a wider offering of high-end goods and services, or focusing on rock-bottom prices to attract the expanding ranks of penny-pinching consumers.
Forbes Revenue Is This Quarter, Culture Is The Future Forbes Tony Hsieh of Zappos once said: “For individuals character is destiny, for organizations culture is destiny.” But building a culture worth talking about is easier said than done.
War crimes and peace talks The Economist (blog) IT HAS come as no surprise that Syrian peace talks in Geneva are drawing to a close with little to offer to the country's long-suffering people, even by way of aid deliveries.
From the year 2000 to 2010 the number of manufacturing jobs in America fell by about a third. The rise of outsourcing and offshoring and the growth of sophisticated supply chains has enabled companies the world over to use China, India and other lower-wage countries as workshops. Now, the global financial crisis has people thinking it is time their countries returned to making stuff in order to create jobs and prevent more manufacturing skills from being lost. These factors, and technologies like robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence could help bring about a Third Industrial Revolution.
Lately, it seems like nearly everything has been reproduced by a 3D printer. Between the group that 3D printed a gun, the people who printed a drone, and the army of items sold at this small marketplace for 3D printed goods, there are plenty of novelty uses for these suddenly trendy machines. We’re a long way from 3D printing a house, but it’s clear that the hobby is inching into the mainstream. Yet it’s difficult not to wonder: at what point will 3D printing move beyond novelty to industry? Will these machines change the way we manufacture goods, and subsequently change the global economy, too? (Is it already happening before our very eyes?)
Iran has undergone severe embargo owing to its nuclear program. It was sanctioned by many nations of the world including the US, China, UK and so forth. This has made the Islamic nation go backwards in terms of economic development and businesses.
If you were to look at one measure of a country’s economic health, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) alone leaves out plenty of the factors that make a country a pleasant - or prosperous - place to live.
That’s why, in the depths of a global recession five years ago, the Legatum Institute, a U.K. nonprofit thinktank, made a list of 89 factors to measure a country’s prosperity. Last week, the Institute put out its Prosperity Index rankings for 2013.
“ Zee NewsUN: Humanity speeding down "unsustainable path"CBS NewsThe UN's Environment Program says that climate change, the depletion of the ozone layer, plummeting fish stocks and the mass extinction of animals are among the most worrisome...”
Tim O'reilly: "Man-machine symbiosis isn’t just about knowledge retrieval, it’s also about knowledge creation. Our computers have no intelligence without us, but they accelerate our collective intelligence at a speed that has never been seen before. When the web goes mobile, even more interesting things start to happen. A human with a smartphone can literally see around corners and through time. What’s more, our phones are eyes and ears for what is starting to look increasingly like a global brain. Photos are automatically uploaded to vast cloud databases, each one tagged with its location and the time it was taken. Applications like Shazam can listen to a song and tell you who is singing it. The ambient sound of a room can be used to pinpoint your location."
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As Rest of Economy Weakens, Chinese Exports Surge New York Times The recent history of the old mill underlines two troubles in the Chinese economy: its dependence on construction in recent years and the return, at least temporarily, of a need for...
Bitcoin’s success has the potential to disrupt a lot of ideas about money. According to Stephen Mihm, “Anyone who thinks that Bitcoin will triumph has to believe that it will succeed where earlier generations of private currencies failed — that Bitcoin will, improbably, manage to overthrow more than century’s worth of accumulated state power, jealously guarded and ruthlessly enforced. That’s a preposterous fantasy — and a dangerous one, if you’re an investor. Indeed, people who believe that governments of the world will let a stateless cryptocurrency usurp their hard-won monetary prerogatives aren’t forecasting the future. They’re living in the past,” the University of Georgia professor wrote in an article on Bloomberg News.
When cloud formations take physical shape, neither their scale nor duration has an upper bound: We may begin to see cloud towns, then cloud cities, and ultimately cloud countries. At first this sounds rather implausible.