Technology

Posts on technology, innovation, Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The potential new German coalition: power and technology

Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals have agreed on a potentially new coalition government in Germany with Olaf Scholz as Chancellor. With the Green Party heading the Foreign Ministry, and the SPD leading the Defence Ministry, this may involve important shifts in German foreign policy. This unprecedented agreement raises many [...]

Technological power at stake

By the end of 2022, ballots will be closed, and the United States and Russia will know which of their candidacies achieves the leadership of what has been called one of the “most important international organizations the world has never heard of”: the ITU, or International Telecommunication Union, currently [...]

Are we ready for another “China shock”?

China’s accession to the WTO in 2001 is considered as one of the largest trade shocks in recent times. Not only did Chinese goods flood world markets, but also during this period the global value chain structure of production with Asia as a pivot was consolidated. Given this previous [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Wars of the three spheres: the West, the East and the Metaverse

It is not the customary view, but the world may be seen as three spheres that vie with each other: one turns around the US (this includes Europe and others); another turns around China; and a third turns around all things digital, control and dominion of which are subject [...]

Where is China heading to?

In recent months, Chinese companies are witnessing a surge in the amount of regulations they must be subject to. Fines are also growing, albeit to a lesser extent. The so-called crackdown, which is carried out by the Chinese government, is nothing new, but it is indeed more intense. This [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Deep tech: the return of the grand projects of bits and atoms

In the last few days two prominent entrepreneurs, Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the Blue Origin aerospace business, have boarded their respective companies’ rockets for commercial –or promotional– voyages with private passengers. It is symptomatic of the privatisation of the space race, [...]

What is at stake for Spain with the new EU-US Trade & Technology Council?

In 1966, the Italian Foreign Minister, Amintore Fanfani, called on Washington, DC, to establish a “technological Marshall Plan” among NATO Member states to cooperate in high-tech areas. It did not succeed though. 55 years later –in June 2021–, the European Union and the United States announced the launch of [...]

Open RAN: an opportunity for European digital and like-minded cooperation?

The concept of Open RAN is progressively acquiring greater visibility in the media and the public debate. The concept aims to achieve a more open architecture in the Radio Access Network (RAN), i.e., the segment which connects users and devices to the core part of the telecommunication network –roughly [...]

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