(Illustration by Suneesh K.) Probal Bhaduri With the steady advance of technology, particularly in the field of virtual reality and augmented reality, the idea of the Metaverse has gained prominence. The term ‘Metaverse’ is commonly understood to describe a network of virtual worlds, often in three dimensions that are focussed on social connection. The concept is not entirely new and has been explored in various media including the 1999 blockbuster film The Matrix . While several large corporations have been investing in and building the idea, such as Meta (earlier Facebook) and Epic Games (through its game Fortnite ), the technology is still evolving, and it is yet to gain the mass adoption that social media enjoys as on date. However, with swift progress being made, it is important to understand the legal challenges that may be faced in relation to the Metaverse. These relevant matters of concern with respect to the legal framework for the Metaverse are: (a) … [Read more...] about The promise and the peril of the Metaverse
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin With urban ground traffic increasingly overloaded by population growth, the number of air vehicles in urban environments is expected to grow dramatically. For Corvin Huber, CEO and cofounder of Skyroads AG , the challenge of building digital roads in the sky to facilitate urban air mobility is one he’s been waiting for. Huber became passionate about flying from an early age. “Aviation is in my genes,” he says. “I flew an aircraft solo before I had my driver’s license.” He was also fascinated by the idea of being like a bird, with the feeling of freedom afforded by the mastery of the air. Inspired by his aviation engineer father, he studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich and went on to manage several aircraft manufacturers, leading some to successful exits in the U.K. and the U.S. “While I enjoyed building beautiful pieces of advanced engineering, I was always disappointed that they only … [Read more...] about Is Flying Set To Become An Everyday Mode Of City Transport?
Look up! Rockets, made from cheap PVC plumbing pipe roaring into the skies, parades featuring cross dressers and phallic symbols, mud fests, all fuelled by rice wine and other local brews (many as potent as the whatever-it-is used to launch the rockets). Yes, it’s time for the annual Rocket Festival or Bun Bang Fai, held in May, mostly in Thailand’s north east. When it comes to ‘TIT’ (This Is Thailand), it doesn’t get much more TIT than this. It’s time for the north east to welcome in the wet season and pay homage to Phaya Taen, the god of rain, by penetrating the skies over Isaan with home made rockets that are the pride of the villages and communities that make them. The spectacle attracts over 50,000 visitors every year. Now, just like the Songkran festival, there’s even an international dimension creeping into the Bun Bang Fai, with teams coming from Laos, Cambodia, South Korea and Japan competing for the best, highest, fastest and ‘most beautiful’ rocket categories. Sexual … [Read more...] about Up, up and away – the annual Thai rocket festivals are here! VIDEO
Representative image (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) Kartik Bommakanti A year after India and China’s decision for a mutually-agreed withdrawal from the Kailash Range, which India occupied in late August 2020, and China’s occupation of the ‘fingers’ area on Pangong Tso, signalled a shift in de-escalating a crisis that began in May 2020, with China’s seizure of Indian-claimed territory in Eastern Ladakh. In early August 2021, India and China completed disengagement from Gogra. The fingers area and Gogra are the only two areas among the five pieces of territory that China occupied in May 2020, where disengagement has occurred. China is still in possession of Depsang, Demchok, and Hot Springs. Some prominent analysis has focused on the failure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government’s China policy, because of its incapacity to get the Chinese to vacate the remaining areas under their control. This is generally accurate and fair. Having secured a Chinese withdrawal … [Read more...] about India-China Ties | Lack of accountability, consensus puts India on the back foot
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Donald Trump’s battle against China has taken on a new dimension. The target is ByteDance, which is the parent of the social app TikTok and the one used mostly by teenagers who post short video clips. It’s the latest iteration of the trade dispute between the two countries and one that got started in early 2018 with tariffs on Chinese solar panel makers. But the fight has escalated to the point where the countries’ 40-year friendship has deteriorated. Just this week, the World Trade Organization said that U.S. tariffs imposed on China have violated global trading rules. Specifically, the three-member panel said that the duties assessed were unfair and disproportionate. The Trump administration will no doubt appeal the decision — a move that would likely become moot if Joe Biden is elected U.S. president. Trade wars don’t work. For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Businesses will often pass those … [Read more...] about How The TicTok Controversy Could Inflame The Chinese Trade War And U.S. LNG Markets
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Stretched all around you, the myriad tones of blue are simply dazzling – turquoise, cyan and peacock all swirling into one endless expanse of ocean. But ‘blue’ is the last thing you feel here – for, before you’ve even been greeted by your spa host, you are in an upbeat mood. The wooden boardwalk, which takes you to the tree-top ‘village’ is sun-baked and hot, hot, hot on your bare feet – you discarded your flip flops a long time ago – so, you hop and skip, in gleeful, child-like fashion, until you get to the shade. Soneva Jani is found in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll. It is one of the last resorts in the Maldives’ islands, which sit in the Indian Ocean like a string of pearls. It is located at the furthest reaches of the country – head north and the next stop is India, north east and you’ll reach Sri Lanka. It feels remote and otherworldly. It is remote and otherworldly. Jutting out over the cobalt-kaleidoscopic … [Read more...] about How The New Soneva Soul Is Putting The Maldives On The Map For Wellness