Maki Foden

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The algorithm kingdom

Artificial intelligence<p>BEIJING<p>China’s deep pool of data means it has a chance to lead in artificial intelligence<p>AT THE start of this year, two straws …

Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war.<p>The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an …

What Trump Voters Want Now

The blue-collar workers who put Donald Trump in the White House are ready for him to deliver. How much time will they give him?<p>JOHNSTOWN, Pa.—The night of the election, in this dying little city stuck in the hills of mostly rural, depressed western Pennsylvania, Joey Del Signore dozed off in his …

Bill Clinton

What Was Hillary Clinton’s Real Downfall? Complacency

As she did in 2008 against another insurgent named Obama, she took her 2016 opponent too lightly and thought she could cruise. Now she’s cruising into history.<p>The causes of Hillary Clinton’s defeat will be debated for years, but in the first cold light of the day after, one big cause seems clearer …

Hillary Clinton

Bayern München: Wer kommt? Wer geht?

Zwei Stars sind bereits da, einige weitere könnten hinzukommen. Im Gegenzug stehen aber auch eine Akteure vor einem Bayern-Abschied. Goal gibt den Überblick.<p>73 Millionen Euro hat Bayern München für die kommende Saison schon ausgegeben und mit Mats Hummels und Renato Sanches zwei Hochkaräter …

I Tried to Make a Film About North Korea and Fell Victim to Its Propaganda Machine

Director Álvaro Longoria on getting stuck in the country's information feedback loop, even with his all-access pass.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>James Franco was supposed to make Zac Efron funny, not threaten to cause a nuclear apocalypse. But that's what happened in 2014 when <i>The</i> …

Premier League: Football’s game changer

Matt Hulsizer, a 45-year-old from Chicago with a widow’s peak and wide shoulders, is by all accounts a successful financier. In 2014, he sold …

Why infectious bacteria are winning

Christmas in Yiwu

<i>I spent summer 2014 travelling across China as part of the Unknown Fields expedition arranged by Kate Davies, Liam Young and Zhan Wang. We travelled</i> …

Im Namen der Welle

Monsterwellen gibt es in Nazaré nur im Winter – und auch dann selten. Mit dem perfekten einen Tag im Kopf überwintern die Big-Wave-Surfer im …

ISIL is really a revolt by young Muslims against their parents’ generation

In the search for answers after the Paris terror attacks, French public intellectuals are responding to the question on everybody’s lips: Why did these people, our young people “made in France” (and Belgium) do it?<p>But as the battle of ideas rages between economists, sociologists, historians, …

Secret archive offers fresh insight into Nixon presidency

President Richard Nixon believed that years of aerial bombing in Southeast Asia to pressure North Vietnam achieved “zilch” even as he publicly declared it was effective and ordered more bombing while running for reelection in 1972, according to a handwritten note from Nixon disclosed in a new book …

Web Design - The First 100 Years

Idle Words > Talks > Web Design: The First 100 Years<p>This is the expanded version of a talk I gave on September 9, 2014, at the HOW Interactive Design …

Bob Marley

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Images of Ramadan 2015

The Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, takes place this weekend in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon are made. During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, devout Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, …

Islam

Sprücheklopfer mit unbändigem Ehrgeiz

• Auch weil Thomas Müller wieder einmal ein entscheidendes Spiel prägt, schafft der FC Bayern den Halbfinal-Einzug in der Champions League.<br>• "Man hat die …

Zarte Verliebtheit der Männer

Die Band Blur kommt für ein neues Album wieder zusammen. Großartig, dass es nicht nach Britpop klingt!<p>Zuerst gezielt ein paar Gerüchte streuen und …

Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

"Nothing to be done" is the opening line of Samuel Beckett's best-known play, Waiting for Godot. Yet, when faced with the German occupation of France …

Literature

A copyright victory for Marvin Gaye’s family is terrible for the future of music

A Los Angeles jury ruled today that the hit 2013 song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 party jam, “Got to Give It Up,” and ordered “Blurred Lines” composers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay more than $7.3 million to Gaye’s family.<p>Even if you love Marvin …

Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine: Don’t Blame the West

Much Western thinking about the causes of the Russo-Ukrainian War is rooted in a myth. It posits that the West—or, more specifically, NATO—attempted …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Schanghai als Container-Hub an der Spitze

Gemäss einer OECD-Studie könnte sich der internationale Frachtverkehr bis 2050 vervierfachen. Vier Fünftel davon würden auch in Zukunft über die …