Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin I am in the middle of writing a book on French democracy, and not for the first time I wonder if I have the wrong country. Often in recent months I have felt I should have been scribbling about America or the UK, but now unrest is bravely picking up in Iran, and then, surprisingly we have the most political, widespread and angry outbreak of protests across China. It might well be too bold a view to say that the democratic recession is coming to an end or has troughed, but a ‘Spring’ in autocratic countries would be a welcome development, provided it ends well (please note that 15 of the 16 countries in the last ‘16’ round of the World Cup are democracies’). China is crucial and fascinating here. Having crowned himself as leader for ‘a very long time’ and triggered a transition from one party to one man, Xi Jinping’s hubris could not have been greater (see an earlier note ‘ The Red Curtain’ ), and this has now been punctured … [Read more...] about The Autocratic Recession – Will China’s Handling Of COVID Sink Its Economy?
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- A + A (Dec 3): Russia "will not accept" a price cap on its oil and is analysing how to respond, the Kremlin said in comments reported on Saturday, in response to a deal by Western powers aimed at limiting a key source of funding for its war in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow had made preparations for Friday's price cap announcement by the Group of Seven nations, the European Union and Australia, the Russian state news agency TASS reported. "We will not accept this cap," RIA news agency quoted him as saying. He added that Russia would conduct a rapid analysis of the agreement and respond after that, RIA reported. Russia has repeatedly said it will not supply oil to countries that implement the cap — a stance reaffirmed by Mikhail Ulyanov, Moscow's ambassador to international organisations in Vienna, in posts on social media on Saturday. "Starting from this year, Europe will live without Russian oil," he said. The G7 price cap will … [Read more...] about Russia says it won’t accept oil price cap and is preparing response
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In today’s column, I am going to weave together a myriad of seemingly disparate AI-related topics into one nicely woven fabric. Are you ready? Imagine that you are using an AI-powered app that is aiding you while undertaking some kind of significant task. Perhaps the matter is a financial one or could be health-related. The essence is that you are depending upon the AI to do the right thing and perform in a presumed safe and sound manner. Suppose the AI veers into unethical territory. You might not realize that the AI is doing so. For example, the AI could be relying upon potentially hidden discriminatory factors such as race or gender, though you might not have any viable means of discerning the untoward usage. There you are, all alone, getting the short end of the stick via an AI that has either been devised from the get-go in a problematic way or has managed to steer into dicey and borderline ethical … [Read more...] about Implanting Legal Reasoning Into AI Could Smartly Attain Human-Value Alignment Says AI Ethics And AI Law
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In response his deplorable antisemitic comments, Adidas, The Gap, Def Jam, Balenciaga, and Vogue terminated their relationships with Kanye West in October. Footlocker subsequently announced that it “would not be supporting any future Yeezy product drops, and we have instructed our retail operators to pull any existing product from our shelves and digital sites.” TJ Maxx also said in a statement it would stop selling West’s Yeezy brand in its more than 1,000 stores. In addition, top Hollywood talent agency CAA dropped him from its client roster . Despite the enormous backlash he has received this fall, West, who now goes by Ye, has since doubled down on his antisemitism in horrible, indefensible ways. For instance, earlier this week, Ye said the following in his interview with far-right radio host Alex Jones : “I like Hitler… I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis… I see good things about Hitler.” He was also … [Read more...] about Businesses Ended Their Relationships With Kanye West — I Must, Too