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Contributor PerspectivesNov 12, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
This Aug. 7, 2018, photo shows a Google office building in Beijing.
Google's AI Work in China Stirs Questions of Allegiance and National Security
China is zealously protective of its national interests and is stealing as much intellectual property as possible from the United States, quickly catching up with decades of incredible innovation and investment in advanced technologies at a fraction of the time and cost. Some of these technologies, such as artificial intelligence, could be game-changers in the balance of world power. What does this ultimately mean for American tech giants like Google that are working cooperatively with Beijing while avoiding military contracts at home, and how should the United States protect its own disruptive innovation and technological advancement from exploitation by the Chinese military through replication and fusion between public and private entities?
Contributor PerspectivesAug 21, 2019 | 19:28 GMT
A visual representation of bitcoin on display on April 3, 2019, in Paris.
The Future of Cryptocurrencies
More than 10 years since the first bitcoin transaction in January 2009, and almost two years since a speculative spike pushed the price per bitcoin to almost $20,000, cryptocurrencies are moving beyond cypherpunks and anti-government culture into the world of governments and traditional institutions. The transition is impossible to ignore. While some governments, central banks and financial companies see cryptocurrencies as a threat, others want to harness the advantages they offer. And some governments see cryptocurrencies as a way to save their own struggling economies. To understand whether nonsovereign currencies can serve as a default currency and what threat they pose to governments or how beneficial they might become, it's useful to examine some of the most interesting geopolitical and corporate use cases available.
AssessmentsAug 15, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
A visual representation of Facebook's cryptocurrency, Libra.
For Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, the Well May Already Be Poisoned
In June, Facebook made waves when it confirmed it was planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in 2020. Called Libra, the system will be connected to Facebook's massive user base, granting it the immediate potential of rivaling such established systems as Google Pay and PayPal. Indeed, Libra hopes to become the world's most widely adopted digital currency -- sparking the kind of economic revolution that cryptocurrency has long promised, but has so far largely failed to deliver. Unlike other digital coins, however, Libra's main barrier to success won't be its technology, but its image. The privacy concerns associated with Facebook, along with the general skepticism associated with notoriously volatile cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, are hardly relevant to Libra's platform and functionality. But that won't erase regulators' prejudices.
Editorial BoardFeb 19, 2018 | 19:16 GMT
Rod D. Martin
Rod D. Martin

Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, futurist, hedge fund manager and author from Destin, Florida. Mr. Martin was part of PayPal's pre-IPO startup team, serving as special counsel to founder and CEO Peter Thiel and has served as policy director to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and as president of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. Described as a "tech guru" by Fox Business and a "philosopher capitalist" by the Guardian, he is founder and CEO of The Martin Organization and serves on the board of trustees at Criswell College and on the board of governors of the Council for National Policy.

On GeopoliticsApr 19, 2017 | 08:44 GMT
Checking the Pulse of American Tech
Checking the Pulse of American Tech
For most of its history, the United States' seat at the forefront of innovation has gone unrivaled. Thanks to its natural geographic strength, ample access to capital, top-tier education and expansive government-funded research, the nation has pushed the boundaries of science like no other. But as any bodybuilder will tell you, true strength requires upkeep. And the proposed budget cuts of the newest U.S. administration have many American scientists -- and Washington's foreign rivals -- questioning whether the United States is about to lose its competitive edge.
Contributor PerspectivesMar 23, 2016 | 08:01 GMT
The United States at night, an image made possible by a new satellite that detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals.
How Americans Define Their Place in the World
There is a saying, regularly but probably wrongly attributed to Henry Kissinger, that academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small. Political scientist Dwight Waldo summed things up much better when he observed in 1970 that academics "can no longer use our little joke that campus politics are so nasty because the stakes are so small. They are now so nasty because the stakes are so large." Waldo was right. The arguments that have taken place before and are happening again over how to teach history are not matters of counting angels on pinheads; universities are not, and have never been, ivory towers. What is at stake here is how Americans define their place in the world.
AssessmentsSep 21, 2015 | 09:01 GMT
While Bitcoin may suffer from recent events, the technology behind it will continue to find innovative uses.
Examining the Future of Bitcoin
Bitcoin is far more than a currency; it is a new technological platform. Currency is just one of many potential applications. Even if bitcoin itself were to fail, its technological breakthrough -- the Bitcoin protocol -- can be used for other applications in computer science. While Bitcoin may suffer from recent events, the technology behind it will continue to find innovative uses.
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