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EUROPA? VIELLEICHT BEIM NÄCHSTEN MAL!

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2019

26. September 2019-

Kolumne 276, Wilfried Stadler

„Overnewsed but underinformed“: mit diesem in den Achtzigerjahren vom amerikanischen Medienphilosophen Neil Postman geprägten, paradoxen Wortspiel lässt sich der Zustand, in den ich mich durch den aktuellen Wahlkampf versetzt finde, trefflich beschreiben. Man könnte ihn auch „Überforderung durch Unterforderung“ nennen.
Der Grund ist rasch erklärt: die noch nie gekannte Überfülle an Vorwahlsendungen führte zwar zu höheren Einschaltquoten, eine nennenswerte Anhebung des sachpolitischen Gehalts bliebe jedoch aus. Die vermeintlich innovativen, zum zeitknappen „Duell“ zugespitzten Sendeformate ließen einfach keine vertiefte Auseinandersetzung zu. Entsprechend holzschnittartig fielen die Antworten der aus den „Elefantenrunden“ ohnehin an Kummer gewöhnten Spitzenkandidaten aus. In den nachfolgenden „Analysen“ durch routinierte Hofpolitologen und journalistische Ringrichter ging es meist auch nicht um Inhalte, sondern lediglich um die Vergabe von Haltungsnoten an die Kontrahenten.

Insgesamt verstärken derartige Sendekonzepte den Eindruck, Schauspielerei wäre im politischen Geschäft stets wichtiger als die Sache. Wo jedoch gegenseitige persönliche Auslassungen überbelichtet und Untergriffe als Pointen belobigt werden, bleiben die eigentlich wichtigen Themen zwangsläufig auf der Strecke. Kommen sie dann doch zur Sprache, geht das regelmäßig mit der Moderatoren-Bitte um eine möglichst kurze Antwort einher. Warum dann nicht gleich Twittern, statt sich gegenseitig, an Stehpulte geklammert, aushalten müssen? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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British Government Goes Rogue

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2019

Date: 25-09-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

A ‘dead’ Constitution looks good compared to Britain’s ‘living’ version.

America’s written Constitution gets a bad rap for being insufficiently adaptable. But not a few Britons might wish they had something similar as a legal decision Tuesday sent British politics—and Brexit—into new chaos.

Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacked a legal basis to prorogue Parliament this month. Mr. Johnson hoped to quiet a noisy legislature that can’t say what sort of Brexit it wants and allow him space to renegotiate with the European Union. But the gambit united fractious Brexit opponents, leading to embarrassing legislative defeats for Mr. Johnson.

Lawmakers who claimed to be insulted by Mr. Johnson’s assault on their rights also spurned options to hold him democratically accountable. They twice refused his request to break Parliament’s Brexit deadlock by holding a general election in October, which would also have been an opportunity for voters to send him a message on his prorogation tactic. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany Backs European Cloud Project to Avoid Dependence on U.S. Technology

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2019

Date: 25-09-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

BERLIN–The German government is pushing for the development of a European digital cloud to counter the growing reach of Silicon Valley’s technology giants.

The project, named Gaia-X in reference to the Earth goddess in Greek mythology, aims to create an alternative to U.S. digital platforms.

It will connect smaller cloud providers via an open network and is expected to be presented to the public at a digital summit at the end of October.

„The question of data sovereignty is key for our competitiveness,“ Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier said.

The majority of German businesses support Mr. Altmaier’s position. In a survey published by German digital-industry association Eco earlier this month, 80% of managers and executives polled said digital sovereignty was critical for their future success.

Fears of industrial espionage have remained high in Europe since leaks by the National Security Agency in 2013 demonstrated the scope of U.S. surveillance. Germany’s Economic Ministry is convinced that „reliable data availability can only be ensured in an infrastructure with security standards ‚made in Europe'“, a spokesperson told Dow Jones Newswires. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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AI equal with human experts in medical diagnosis, study finds

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2019

Date: 25-09-2019
Source: The Guardian by Nicola Davis

Research suggests AI able to interpret medical images using deep learning algorithm

Advocates for artificial intelligence being used in healthcare say it will ease strain on resources and free up time for doctor-patient interaction

Artificial intelligence is on a par with human experts when it comes to making medical diagnoses based on images, a review has found.

The potential for artificial intelligence in healthcare has caused excitement, with advocates saying it will ease the strain on resources, free up time for doctor-patient interactions and even aid the development of tailored treatment. Last month the government announced £250m of funding for a new NHS artificial intelligence laboratory. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The future of the global economy hinges on four games of chicken

Posted by hkarner - 26. September 2019

Date: 25-09-2019
Source: The Guardian by Nouriel Roubini

Trump’s rows with China and Iran, Brexit and Argentina’s populism put the world on a knife edge

Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries

In the classic game of chicken, two drivers race directly toward each other, and the first to swerve is the loser. If neither swerves, both will probably die. In the past, such scenarios have been studied to assess the risks posed by great-power rivalries. In the case of the Cuban missile crisis, for example, Soviet and American leaders were confronted with the choice of losing face or risking a catastrophic collision. The question, always, is whether a compromise can be found that spares both parties their lives and their credibility.

There are now several geo-economic games of chicken playing out. In each case, failure to compromise would lead to a collision, most likely followed by a global recession and financial crisis. The first and most important contest is between the US and China over trade and technology. The second is the brewing dispute between the US and Iran. In Europe, there is the escalating brinkmanship between Boris Johnson and the EU over Brexit. Finally, there is Argentina, which could end up on a collision course with the International Monetary Fund after the likely victory of the Peronist Alberto Fernández in next month’s presidential election. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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