The Future of Nuclear Energy

Events in Fukushima continue to illustrate the dangers of nuclear power. Technological progress requires us to examine the moral dimensions of energy policy. How can society cope with a danger that is both statistically marginal and potentially devastating?

When Japan Sneezes, Germany Catches a Cold

In recent news coverage of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, German newspapers and television portrayed the world as a very bleak place, one that Germans would nonetheless protect themselves against by divesting from nuclear power. In America, however, the world went on as usual, with heroes fighting

Responsible Leadership in the Face of Disaster

Following the earthquake and the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, a state of shock, intuitive defensive-ness and frantic political activity of those in charge of utility companies as well as in governments across Europe are more than understandable reactions. Nevertheless, they are not helpful with re-

Radiation and Reason

Tens of thousands have died in the Japanese tsunami and the survivors are cold and hungry. Meanwhile, world opinion is enthralled by a radiation panic. Yet the fear that nuclear radiation evokes is misplaced. Although several nuclear reactors are in ruins, radiation fatal casualties are nil and like

Twitter, Facebook and Co.

Facebook has been valued at 60 billion dollars by Goldman Sachs. Tweetdeck was acquired by Twitter for 40 million. Silicon Valley companies pay millions to hire new software engineers. Is this what the second coming of the dot-com bubble looks like?

Money Makes The World Go Round

The years 1999 and 2000 saw a fair share of public offerings, takeovers and financing rounds, each involving incredible sums of money. Yet investors were yanked out of their hype when the value of several companies began declining in the summer of 2000. Having been dealt a final blow by the events o

Fight Of The Titans

Even if some investors may be making extraordinary profits, we should not equate the higher and higher prices being paid to acquire the new info-tech companies with the bubble of the 1990s. That major technology bubble was a grand experiment that happens every time, midway along the diffusio

The Arcane Art of Private Market Valuation

10 years ago was the beginning of the end of the boom. Trends in the internet develop fast positions on the leading edge don't have much runtime before imitators or new ideas arrive. Get attention, get investment, get monetized, do it fast and hope you hit it bigtime with a new Facebook or

Democracia Real Ya

The Spanish youth has taken to the streets - and they refuse to go home. Two weeks after the election, the tents have been removed by the protests continue. But the most important question is still without a definite answer: Can the Democracia Real Ya movement reshape Spanish politics?

Dreamers on the Puerta del Sol

If a young, well-educated generation stands no chance of succeeding on the job market, and if those with a job can barely manage to make ends meet, nobody should be surprised when their anger sweeps across the nation. Similarly, if the two dominant parties, the socialist PSOE and the conservative Pa

We, The people

The ruling Spanish socialists find themselves in a seemingly dramatic situation: Since mid-May, mostly young people have been protesting on the central “Puerta del Sol” in Madrid against the over-aging of politics and the isolation of political elites from society. At the recent elections, the S

The Wikirevolution Must Continue

When the world comes apart, its pieces fall to the ground and form a new puzzle from the elements that had already existed. As if by magic, these pieces fit together: Decentralized organization, planned on the web, which Catalan philosopher Manuel Castells calls Wikirevolutions. Intelligent units

Man-Made Famines

A widespread famine is ravaging Eastern Africa. Yet increasing evidence points to the fact that such shortages are man-made. Political leaders use food as a lever while financial speculation drives up the prices of vital foodstuffs around the world.

A World Without The Poor, Not Without Poverty

Famine is raging in Africa. The daily death toll is above 6 per 10,000 — thirty times higher than the catastrophe Norway suffered, for only one day. World leaders are calling on other leaders to do more. Sadly familiar. The usual never-agains will follow as the famine recedes. Affluent populations

Drought Is No Excuse

Starving children, women and men are victims of manmade sabotage executed through a collusion of national and international elites’ politics of exclusion. Drought ought not to be an excuse; countries such as those in the Middle East that receive average annual rainfall of 110mm have clear strategi


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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