Review: Through a distorting mirror, darkly

November 14, 2014

William Gibson’s novel “The Peripheral” paints future worlds that are built of present fears writ large. Algorithms not only roil financial markets, they travel in time. Nanotech eats people. Money corrupts and spies surveil, even more than now. Yet human decency has a chance.

Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

By Rob Cox
October 28, 2014

Bilingual CEOs should be the norm, not fuel for the kind of media frenzy that greeted the Facebook founder’s Q&A in Mandarin last week. Learning a foreign language doesn’t just help conquer new markets. It fosters risk-taking and new thinking, and helps eliminate biases.

“Scream” now a symbol of easy money and easy life

May 3, 2012

Munch’s pastel has long been an icon of the modern age’s dark side. Now this image of isolation, fear and madness has become emblematic of post-modern financial excess. Its sale for a record $120 mln betrays lax monetary policy and a mood of insouciance among the new hyper-rich.

West still rules in global education

October 5, 2012

The original homelands of modernity - Europe, the U.S. and their close cousins - account for 90 percent of the world’s top 200 universities in the new Times Higher Education rankings. Developing nations are trying to catch up, but this cultural advantage is likely to persist.

China will find culture tricky to manufacture

By Wei Gu
October 19, 2010

China may soon have a new export -- culture. The Communist Party has named culture as a "pillar industry" in its 12th five-year plan, previewed on Oct. 18. That's a worthy goal. Compared to former pillars like property and autos, media might actually help the economy rebalance. Yet the Party may find culture a lot more difficult to manufacture than cars and condominiums.

Cash not culture to decide Cadbury fate

November 30, 2009

By positively encouraging a white knight counter-offer to Kraft's cash and share bid, Cadbury's CEO and his advisers are working on the premise that this is the best way of squeezing a higher price out of Kraft.