Jan 29, 2021
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I read and share a bunch of things on Facebook from 2021 - hopefully I will get into a regular pattern of listing them here for convenience.
For a start - the things I've shared in January 2021, enjoy!
Things I posted in January 2021
1. Someone wants to be a George Kennan in the US foreign policy community. The title, "The Longer Telegram" is a play on "The Long Telegram", written to contribute towards a robust American strategy to deal with China. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/content-series/atlantic-council-strategy-paper-series/the-longer-telegram/
2. From March 2020, about how machine learning on large datasets on people's lives might not yield much value on long-term life trajectories: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/03/31/multi-year-datasets-suggest-projecting-outcomes-peoples-lives-ai-isnt-so-simple?fbclid=IwAR2WWH5nYWFw_9IjXeZNu-KiIWYyzQPQ6QHZfnXbguvrgiXvd4B6IvQSOr8
3. AI really doesn't "understand" language - I think the metaphor is inappropriate, it is after all, just statistics: https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/12/1016031/jumbled-up-sentences-ai-doesnt-understand-language-nlp-bert-fix/?fbclid=IwAR0TOzggXiRX736NMCHEe0tSTP1DXcXN4xC51h0Q-EA4lg-xZe1avWqTHms
4. 4. This is from a scientist at the frontier of age-related disease, about how ageing itself might one day become a disease, with implications for longevity: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43587-020-00009-z?utmsource=natagingetoc&utmmedium=email&utmcampaign=toc4358711&utmcontent=20210115&WT.ec_id=NATAGING-202101&sap-outbound-id=76805449D18998EB4654C475EA5235F74CB9F89B&fbclid=IwAR27EKutLeBWE1B-XSLkxSMn3v3wRfMICtXSTc7pISSWohwxGjNEsZj8SUY
5. Larry Fink's annual letter to CEOs - might be an important component of how corporations will handle climate/carbon considerations - an important plank of decarbonisation. https://www.blackrock.com/corporate/investor-relations/larry-fink-ceo-letter?fbclid=IwAR00lsySzSRU5aY0u3zBcWHcduGQHJfDkxoqjnpXz6igERVfHG1r8IIYBrc
6. How climate crisis might end up making the world more xenophobic and extreme: https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-climate-crisis-will-be-steroids-for-fascism-1846009446?fbclid=IwAR27EKutLeBWE1B-XSLkxSMn3v3wRfMICtXSTc7pISSWohwxGjNEsZj8SUY
7. From December 2020, about how the Party-Capitalism, with the CCP is a new paradigm to look at state-corporate relations. Part of Xi's campaign to bring more of the economy under control: https://www.prcleader.org/blanchette?fbclid=IwAR0TOzggXiRX736NMCHEe0tSTP1DXcXN4xC51h0Q-EA4lg-xZe1avWqTHms
8. I thought this was just a fun picture to show the complexity of making chips - the kinds of advanced technology that China wants to learn: https://www.trumpf.com/en_US/presse/online-magazine/behind-the-scenes-of-microchip-production/?fbclid=IwAR1MEHlremRo3riVdDuTwGsO6aOku1FbH0yLYQVV9QkpXqPicEs5erGV9-c
9. Bellingcat, an investigative NGO, looks at the Qanon conspiracy: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/americas/2021/01/07/the-making-of-qanon-a-crowdsourced-conspiracy/?utmmedium=trsocial&utmcampaign=sitevisitor.unpaid.engagement&utmsource=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2WaZmQcOI5IidAUH-AhSTPdtwkqIz4mdym5xq6ZTLDBzBoCJs6UKdQ#Echobox=1610058120
10. MERICS - a German thinktank that looks a lot at China - looks at how China is developing its sustainable development strategies. Suffice to say, without China's productive capacity, it would be a lot harder for renewables to get to where they are today. https://merics.org/en/report/greening-china-analysis-beijings-sustainable-development-strategies?fbclid=IwAR2aiqCYbCzo_2a8LtvTMqWzsYeCeD1kmnJOPH5uuAIwIwXxcsHnNIldE9E
11. General Motors now wants to go all-in on Electric Vehicles - one heck of a shift that will be. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/business/gm-zero-emission-vehicles.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage&fbclid=IwAR3VjjUu7aTxuabOqYhkUmSlzTfB2DFwc6fc222-u1ja5siPuwDi4eDtfMk