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After Biden the Democrats Should Welcome Defeat


Had Joe Biden remained the Democrats’ presidential candidate, the party would have faced the prospect of a loss, even a drubbing, in November’s election.  read more »


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What If Chicago Had Been Awarded the 2016 Olympics? Part 3


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Time to answer that question: what would a 2016 Olympics meant to Chicago? After looking at the examples of the last two American Olympics, in Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996, I’ve come to some conclusions on how it could have played out in the Windy City.  read more »

Trump is Dividing America's Oligarchs


The shot heard around the world may have been aimed at Donald Trump’s head, but it could also put extra cash in his pocket. In the aftermath of last weekend’s assassination attempt, two prominent billionaires – Elon Musk and investor Bill Ackman – announced their support for the former president.  read more »

Surveillance and Society: Building Trust in an Era of AI-Powered Monitoring


The recent advance of artificial intelligence represents a paradigm shift in the way the world works. Once unwieldy data sets can now be properly analyzed in the blink of an eye  read more »

A Golden State Realignment?


Elon Musk has just announced that he will move the headquarters of both SpaceX and X from California to Texas, citing Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of a new law banning parental notification by school districts of children’s gender identification changes.  read more »

How to Remain the Innovation Nation


The United States’ preeminence in science and technology has long played an underappreciated but vital role in ensuring U.S. economic and geopolitical leadership.  read more »

Americans Accelerate Move Away from Density


For more than 75 years America has been dispersing away from dense urban cores, with nearly all population growth in neighborhoods with a suburban form  read more »

What If Chicago Had Been Awarded the 2016 Olympics? Part 2


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When I asked the “what if” question about Chicago being awarded the 2016 Olympics, it was just prior to the event itself. I noted some possible outcomes of a Chicago Olympics, but eight years beyond that today offers even greater perspective.  read more »

African Deep Tech Centres


While much of the news reporting from Africa relates to conflict and corruption, there is also significant potential for economic and technological progress in the region. Demography is a main driver of human progress, and the Africa population is growing  read more »