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Now Robots Are Taking Over, a Basic Income is Inevitable

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Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of Theperspective.se or the Association of Foreign Affairs Lund. The time is finally here: we can stop working and enjoy our lives. Through current advancements in artificial intelligence, robots can do all …

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The Morality of Driverless Cars

The ‘trolley problem’ is a thought experiment in ethics that can be defined as follows: picture an empty train hurtling down a track. Pan along the track, and there are five people tied to the ground who will be killed if the train continues. You are stood by a lever …

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In the land of unicorns and cockroaches

As the world’s seemingly insatiable hunger for tech-savvy products and services continues to increase, the pressure on tech companies and startups’ ability to tap into the tech-market has only intensified. Besides struggling to stay a front-runner in the technical development, they have been confronted with new challenges as to how …

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Disappearing paradise: How will the Pacific island people cope with the rising sea?

Kiribati is a Pacific Island facing the immediate impact of rising sea levels and has been looking towards relocation as a possible solution. Forced migration due to climate change has put pressure on urban cities and tensions have risen around questions of national moral responsibility. What will be the fate …

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High Ambitions: Superpowers and the Weaponization of Outer Space

When Churchill in 1940 boasted that the British would never surrender, it was enough to beat your enemies at sea, in the air, in the fields and in the streets. This has been true for a very long time, and for most of the world, war is still something that …

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Politics in Outer Space – how Space Debris Removal Replaced Science Fiction

What weighs 2 300 tons, travels at an average speed of 27 000 km/h, and is becoming a growing concern for the international community? Answer: the space debris in the so called Low Earth Orbits. Dead satellites, old rocket boosters, pieces of destroyed spacecrafts and the like is what constitutes …

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The Importance of Rare Earth Metals: a Beginner’s Guide

A wise man once said, “Ladies and gentleman, this is Mambo no. 5!” Ah, the ‘90s; the days of dodgy outfits, cheesy pop, and – most importantly – the Sony Walkman. Remember the trendy music player that accompanied you on public outings, feeding Lou Bega’s seductive voice into your ears as …

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The future of bank accounts – will developing countries skip a step of the technological evolution?

Bank accounts might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ending poverty. Clean water supply, education, the right to unionise; all these things are perceived to be greater priorities, and perhaps for good reason. One may ask, what use is a bank account if you …

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The Arctic: A Bullish Market for the Russian Bear?

There has been much talk centered around the industrialization of the Russian arctic zone[1], but much less on the effect that this will have on the arctic environment and the communities living there. This portion of the arctic is home to 4 million people, many of whom are descendants of …

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Six Feet Under Climate Change: What the Soil Tells Us

Global climate change brought about by recent human activities has gathered a broad community of scientists and politicians to address perhaps one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Political attempts to undertake actions towards climate change are limited by our ability to assess this problem. Although not …

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