Quick links (#19)

APEC provides a pretext for examinations of the East Asian diplomatic and geostrategic environment, and matters (for Americans) closer to home. China arrives. This series on China’s Tianxia traditions is unsympathetic, but raises some interesting questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Signs of life in China’s ‘ghost cities’?

Chilly times for Zhang Yimou.

Doing business in Japan.

Drone commerce, border security, and military prospects. Most significantly, they’re getting smarter.

If it’s possible to land on a comet, how distant can asteroid mining be?

Helping computers write their own code (what could go wrong?).

Stuxnet patient zero.

UNCTAD reports on the ‘digital divide’.

Augmented intelligence.

William Gibson talks about and around The Peripheral. (Dark Ecologies is on the case.)

Errors of Interstellar.

Hyperstition at The New Centre. Tuning speculation. An unsound event at Goldsmiths.

Peter Thiel on René Girard.

Fully Automated Luxury Communism (because capitalism has some rough edges). Eagleton does Žižek.

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