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Crypto Regulation Needs to Strike a Balance

India has become the latest country to clamp down on the trading of increasingly popular cryptocurrencies amid mounting international concern over their exploitation by criminals and potential impact on monetary policy. But while the misuse of these digital assets needs to be curbed, there’s concern that excessive regulation could undermine the sector’s decentralised appeal and …

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What the future of energy looks like post COP26

The fanfare around COP26 has come and gone, but the energy conversation remains at the top of everyone’s agenda. Following the vague promises of the final agreement, a result of India and China’s last-minute politicking, the question of what the future of energy looks like is still largely undefined. This period of reflection allows both …

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Green innovation vs bilateral cooperation: Why we need a planetary vision for climate change

At every turn, the development of sustainable technologies has met walls. Intellectual property, trade wars, regulations, energy diplomacy, geopolitics: if we’re going to avoid a climate disaster, we need to cooperate on a far greater scale. I am optimistic we can do it, but we must overcome a lack of planetary vision from the public and …

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The rise of cryptocurrency crime and what it means for regulation

While cryptocurrencies continue rising in popularity among retail investors, so too has the rise in crypto-related fraud continued to rise at an even faster pace. According to data by Pinsent Masons, 2021 is the fourth consecutive year that reports of cryptocurrency fraud have seen an increase of more than 100% year on year. In the UK, …

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A victim of hype? Think again—augmented reality is just getting started’

It would be easy to say that augmented reality (AR) already had its moment. The mixed-reality tech seemed to saturate the global market in 2016 through the popularity Pokémon Go and social media filters. However, as the so-called hype dies down in public knowledge, uncovering the real benefits of AR is an easier task. And …

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How a green recovery from COVID-19 can solve the global energy access crisis

Electricity is a crucial commodity of the 21st century. Discovered hundreds of years ago, electricity is ingrained in every aspect of our lives – whether it is heating or cooling our homes, lighting office buildings, running public transport, or powering the systems needed to manufacture everyday products. Individuals like myself have become so dependent on …

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Crypto Regulation needs to uphold the value of decentralization

Following China’s decision to make cryptocurrency transactions illegal, the West needs to think carefully about its own approach to crypto regulation. Crucially, this moment could represent an opportunity for the West to lead the crypto-sphere – but this can only be achieved with the right kind regulation. What might this look like? Last month, Gary …

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The role of technology in tackling climate change

As life reminds us daily, the power of technology is truly limitless. Ever since the industrial revolution began in the mid-19th century, our lives have continued to be enriched by a constant state of technological evolution, which have helped transform how we live, almost invariably for the better. It’s tough to imagine our lives today without …

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Formula 1 is here to stay

As a growing number of major automobile manufacturers pledge to invest their long-term future in road cars that are 100% electric, including Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Renault, and Aston Martin, the question of what will happen to some of these brands’ leading Formula 1 team becomes increasingly pressing. In October last year Honda, which supplies engines …

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Blockchain hasn’t lived up to its potential yet—here’s why

Say the word ‘blockchain’ and most will think of Elon Musk and Dogecoin, or the NFT craze that swept the internet, churning out fan tokens and capitalising on noughties memes. But these are just distractions to the real power of blockchain. At its core a decentralized public ledger system, the technology within will fundamentally alter …

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The future of spaceflight depends on a private-public consortium

The year 2021 might be remembered as the year in which the space race gained a new lease of life. But rather than nation-states competing for global hegemony, it is being played out as a battle of private interests – namely, which corporation will hold the bragging rights of getting humanity back to the moon. …

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Smart cities are the future, but how will they be governed?

This summer, the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance celebrated its 2-year anniversary in working towards the UN’s Sustainable Goal 11 to”make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” A global conversation on smart cities is needed more than ever – with the adverse impact of the global pandemic having made these goals more difficult to attain …

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Social impact is the litmus test for emerging technologies

The world is at an inflexion point in the course of the history of technology. Thanks to the imminent arrival of the internet of things, we will soon be more connected to each other and the technologies with which we have populated our world than we ever have been. We are also expanding the physical …

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Behind Blockchain: How it Works and its Use Beyond Bitcoin

Over the past five years, blockchain has become a household term. Popularized by its use in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain technology will soon revolutionize the finance industry. However, its functions and ability to permanently record exchanges of information can be applied to other industries, changing how individuals, companies, and governments interact with one another.  …

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The Electric Vehicle revolution will be only as strong as the weakest link

Launched this week, the UK’s new transport decarbonisation plan is designed to cut pollution in the transport sector, with the aim to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050. One measure included in the scheme is the new “ZEV mandate”, which requires of British carmakers that a minimum proportion of the cars they produce be electric. …

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In seeking a Green Recovery from the pandemic we should set realistic expectations

Last year, likely for the first time in living memory, global energy demand fell compared to the previous year. In 2020, as flights were grounded, factories temporarily closed and commuters consigned to their homes, global energy demand is estimated to have declined by 4%. Only one part of global electricity markets continued to grow. According …

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The Next Revolution in Urbanisation will come from Sustainable Smart Cities

Smart cities no longer belong to science fiction. Fuelled by the rise of emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), many are presently under development. Governments are investing in cloud-based Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform everyday elements of urban life into next-generation intelligent systems. The next revolution of urban …

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Bitcoin needs smart regulation

The question of how Bitcoin should be regulated depends on a broader and more important question, namely that of whether or not Bitcoin is fundamentally good – for society, for the economy, and for the environment. In recent weeks attention has been focused squarely on the latter question, following Elon Musk’s decision to discontinue Bitcoin …

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