The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems
Society,Security
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Apr 2018

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems

New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.
Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 12 Apr 2018

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

What is Structural Blindness?
Politics,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Apr 2018

What is Structural Blindness?

“Annihilation” and the Modes of Becoming
Society

“Annihilation” and the Modes of Becoming

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a loose cinematic adaptation of the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The movie and the book vividly illustrate the modes of becoming described by the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.
South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land
Politics,Society

South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land

On February 27, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly voted to begin a process to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, potentially redistributing the 72 percent of farmland currently owned by whites to black ownership.
Wakanda and the Mirror of History
Politics,Economy,Society

Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest
Politics,Society,China

Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest

In recent years, there are many television series about the power struggle and cooperation between the KMT and the CPC since July 1921 in general and the period from September 1931 to December 1949 in particular.
Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution
Society,Southeast Asia

Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution

While the maritime states of Southeast Asia are not in Cambodia’s immediate neighborhood, they are important for the study of Cambodia’s foreign relations. The pre-colonial kingdoms of today’s Cambodia and maritime Southeast Asia had significant dealings with one another.
Explaining China’s Fast Rise as an Innovative Country
Society,China

Explaining China’s Fast Rise as an Innovative Country

In the last few years, China has climbed to the pinnacle of nations of the world in terms of creativity and innovation. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and quantum computers are thought to give China a big advantage in its global power and influence.
How is Art like Bitcoin?
Economy,Society,Cyberspace

How is Art like Bitcoin?

Given that speculative bubbles have long affected markets around the world, bitcoin is hardly the first object to have this gulf between its intrinsic value and market value. Indeed, the world of art is ripe with objects presenting this same phenomenon.
Burundi and the International Criminal Court
Society

Burundi and the International Criminal Court

The ICC has raised its investigation of alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi from a “preliminary examination” to a formal investigation which could lead to “indictments and arrest warrants being issued.”
The Rohingyas: A Volatile Mix of Historical, Ethnic, Political and Religious Issues
Society,Security,Southeast Asia

The Rohingyas: A Volatile Mix of Historical, Ethnic, Political and Religious Issues

While more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have been reported to have escaped from Myanmar, the Rohingya issue remains complicated and long-standing, with multiple factors — historical, ethnic, religious, and political — intertwined.
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