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Is there any Western country that didn't ban the patenting of human genes?

When Finance Minister Paul Martin announced $160 million in funding for genome research in Canada in his Feb. 28, 2000, budget, the timing could not have been better. The first human chromosome had ...
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Has the US government said anything about forcing Apple to have multiple app stores on their devices?

The UK has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the UK so far. Has the U....
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Using technology to take democracy to next level [closed]

Though US is a democracy, I'm hesitant to call it completely democratic. No nation is. At this stage of capitalism, lobbying groups and establishment regularly forces the congress to pass bills that ...
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Did the Lula administration court other countries other than China for technology transfer for its industrial policies?

Yet the Lula administration’s frequent talk of new industrial policies—in partnership with China or not—has some economists nervous. Such policies are highly difficult to calibrate successfully, ...
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What tech is Jaguar Land Rover + UK government looking to ban?

The BBC is reporting that Jaguar Land Rover said the technology used by criminal gangs to steal their cars should be illegal and the company was working with the government to help get laws changed. ...
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Is there any correlation between energy consumption and scientific progress? [closed]

I was just thinking of an unconventional argument that if (hypothetically) cutting carbon emissions could slow down an economy if it meant there was less access to energy and hence less general ...
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What are some developed countries that have a laissez-faire approach to user data flowing abroad?

China has in recent years tightened controls on data and information, especially data and information that flows abroad. https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-make-holders-more-than-1-mln-users-...
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Is there any U.S. or Western think-tank that predicted how long it would take for China to produce 5nm or 7nm chips without EUV?

SMIC managed to scrape together equipment from existing plants and those received before Washington’s sanctions to keep the 7nm production line going, say two sources close to SMIC’s suppliers. But ...
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Is there any information in the public domain about the limits of technology cooperation between Russia and China?

Putin, who heads the world's biggest nuclear power, said military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing was increasing and focused on high-tech areas that would ensure strategic security. ...
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Was the U.S. surprised about the Huawei breakthrough, how much time did the government or think-tanks expect China to take to produce a 7nm chip?

With its export controls last year, the US administration tried to draw a line at preventing China from getting access to 14nm chips, or about eight years behind the most advanced technology. The US ...
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Why there is little report about Huawei's launch of Mate 60 Pro phone? [closed]

Last week Chinese social media went viral about Huawei's launch of Mate 60 Pro phone (Aug 29). To the Chinese people, this is just another example of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But I ...
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What are the benefits of digitizing the government?

Schools with outdated computers. Health authorities relying on fax machines. Town offices that offer few or none of their services online — that's the reality in Germany in 2021. Eight years after ...
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Is there a way to measure how technologically and economically independent a country is?

Is there a way to measure how technologically and economically independent a country is? With all this talk of derisking and banning technologies to other countries, I was wondering if there was a way ...
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Which countries transfered the most technology to Africa?

China’s collaboration with African countries in technology transfer has been a topic of interest for many years. As one of the world’s leading technological powers, China has made significant strides ...
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What does Japan have to gain from banning the sales of chip-making equipment to China?

https://www.scmp.com/tech/tech-war/article/3221582/tech-war-china-slams-japans-semiconductor-technology-export-controls Beijing said it “firmly opposes” Japan’s latest chip-making equipment export ...
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How is India's technology transfer policy different from China's?

The Indian government has played a vital role in the Quiet Revolution by establishing favourable policies, investing in R&D, and negotiating technology transfer agreements with foreign nations and ...
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We are individually striving for wealth to be independent from necessity to work. Why society as whole is unwilling to be independent from work? AI [closed]

My question is arising from recent ChatGTP & plugins developments which provides the great tools for automation of jobs. I can observe that people individually are striving to gain wealth and the ...
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What is the typical timeframe it takes the European Parliament to regulate important software usage aspects?

Context According to Euronews, at least one EU parliamentary is arguing for better regulation surrounding AI products: An EU official has said proposed rules regulating artificial intelligence (AI) ...
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Is there any country outside the EU that prohibits using artificial intelligence software for mass surveillance or ranking social behavior?

According to The Diplomat, China is already exporting its Social Credit System, or at least intending to: In 2020, China will conduct a feasibility run for social credit system in Kazakhstan, ...
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Is the US position to block Deep UV immersion lithography equipment and technology from reaching China a "blockade" or "unfair practice"?

Different but related: How the US (and five others) define "economic coercion" they condemn, and differentiate it from the economic tools they use to pressure countries? The South China ...
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Why is there a disconnect between innovation index and Nobel prizes won?

I'm seeing the innovation index wikipedia and the Nobel prize by country list. It seems to me Asian countries ranked high on the innovation index are ranked relatively lower compared to Asian ...
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Semiconductor Capital Equipment Embargo

The US Government has successfully prevented SMIC (China Semiconductor) from buying 5nm equipment from the Dutch company ASML. Security concerns are cited as the reason for the embargo Reports have ...
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The US has banned advanced EUV machines being sold to China, but does it mean that non-China firms cannot use them in China?

Recently the US govt has banned China firms from acquiring the machines for 14nm process technology and below. This legislation specifically targets China firms. However, what stopping non-China ...
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Political system to automatically vote system for optimal life for everyone [closed]

 What would a political system where you could cast a percentage to each party and have that percentage count as the amount of influence you would want that party to have in politics according to how ...
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Work is hard, but why there is no commitment to the automation of jobs?

EU growth engine EIT https://eit.europa.eu/ has 3 main objectives: 1) competitiveness; 2) job creation; 3) sustainability, green growth. Why there is no commitment to the automation of jobs as a ...
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What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated?

What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated? Only the Dutch manufacturer ASML makes the ...
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What are different ways a government can increase investment in a technology or industry?

One of the main elements of the UK government's new Energy Security Bill is a focus on decarbonising heat, including "supporting industry to step up investment in growing the consumer market for ...
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What sanctions is the UK parliament considering against social media executives?

According to a recent article by the Guardian, a new digital watchdog will be set up with the power to impose fines upto 10% of global revenue. In the case of Facebook, this will be upto £10 billion. ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of leaders using telephone calls instead of video calls?

In recent years, the use of video calls has become increasingly popular, leading me to question why leaders still opt for telephone calls instead. There are several reasons why video calls should be ...
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How exactly can keeping chips using EUV technology "pre-empt many worst-case human rights... scenarios in the coming decades?"

note: for background see Which "critical technologies" does Russia dependent upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?" The Brookings ...
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Which "critical technologies" does Russia depend upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?"

In the recent NBC's Face The Nation interview Top Treasury official says U.S. sanctions would target Putin, Russian economy after the 2 minute mark US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo ...
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What are the similarities and differences between Amazon's business model and China's approach to managing its tech businesses?

Background: CNN's Jamie Dimon says he regrets joking about the Chinese Communist Party says of JPMorgan (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon: At one point, Dimon compared the political and economic approaches in ...
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How could Distributed Ledger Technology help the government in tax collection and passport issuance?

From this link, I saw that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) can bring the secure functioning for a decentralized database because it is governed by the rule of networks as well as avoiding cyber-...
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Is Iran's claim of civilian uses for 60%-enriched Uranium valid?

(This is a followup question, I suppose, to: Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?) Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement in 2018, and the other signatories enabling ...
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To what extent has the Pegasus spyware been used by Israeli covert services?

The Wikipedia article on the Pegasus spyware, which had been developed in Israel, details a number of governments - such as Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia as well as a Mexican drug cartel that have ...
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Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies?

Why is China cracking down on its own tech companies? Beijing’s regulatory assault on China’s technology industry has lopped $87bn off the net worth of the sector’s wealthiest tycoons since the start ...
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Are there international rules or mechanisms to prevent the theft of technology across borders?

Korea's tech industries are increasingly becoming the target of technology and intellectual property theft that has been growing in sophistication and harmfulness. The targeted industries include ...
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Why did Google ban Myanmar from accessing Google Workspace?

I am a student from Myanmar. Our country had a coup 6 months ago and many countries are imposing sanctions on the military junta for killing and abusing its own people. Google has blocked access to ...
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Do political systems evolve with economic progress?

Do political systems evolve with economic progress? In a lot of sci-fi movies you don't see government evolve with technology and economy, but in Star Trek, I believe, the political system ended up ...
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How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China?

How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China? China requires U.S. companies to go into a join venture with a Chinese company and thereby transfer some technologies with ...
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Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent?

Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent? Sometimes, it makes more sense to keep a technology secret instead of applying the technology in a patent office....
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Is there any government that managed to help local (national) content creators by regulating the big streaming giants?

I have recently heard about the Canadian Bill C-10 and read more about it. There seems to be a lot of criticism about it and few arguments in favor of it: Pros "<<The bill is not about ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. ban or regulate cryptocurrency to stop it being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions?

Why doesn't the U.S. outlaw or strictly regulate cryptocurrency to prevent it from being used by other countries to evade U.S. sanctions? Is there a rationale behind this? Is there a concern about the ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

Republicans are generally against government meddling in business. Yet many Republicans are threatening to break up Facebook after the decision to ban Trump as seen here, here, here, or here. If the ...
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What interventions could decrease the price of Bitcoin? [closed]

The high value of some cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin has had the effect of causing a significant increase in the demand for electricity leading to increases of carbon emissions. (See https:/...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Apparently, there is a message behind the suspension of Trump's accounts from Big Tech companies, what is it? [closed]

Today, January 13th, Google has also decided that they don't want the appearance of Donald Trump on their social platform Youtube, for at least seven days. I think that this move is an excess act if ...
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Why does regulation and legislation on technology take so long to pass?

The presidential campaign of Andrew Yang shined a light on many of what it considered issues on modern practices of technology, data and the internet in today's society. Regarding 'Big Tech', data ...
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Do voice assistants such as Alexa commonly have political opinions and do people believe them unthinkingly? [closed]

If we ask Alexa about a subject such as religion, e.g. "Do you believe in God?" we get a neutral reply "People all have their own views on religion." If we ask about party politics,...
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