By Zohaib Zahid Published: May 31, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Opposition claims that it is impossible for PTI to accomplish the task, and that this too is simply another election slogan. PHOTO: INP While outlining the 100-day agenda shared by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) recently, Asad Umar spoke about the possibility of creating 10 million jobs in five years. He mentioned promoting tourism and announcing new destinations in an attempt to produce thousands of employment opportunities for the youth. He also mentioned making an extra effort to attract investors in Pakistan and creating an economic link with China through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Ultimately, enhanced investments and exports would create a bulk of jobs for the unemployed youth of Pakistan.Hue and cry, sarcasm and ridicule poured in over his statement, with the consensus being that the promise of 10 million jobs is simply not possible, and is impractical. His political opponents … [Read more...] about Why do Pakistanis think Asad Umar’s claim of 10 million jobs is impossible and impractical?
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On May 13, 2012, Afsaneh Azadeh, an Iranian-American living in Dubai, touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. Azadeh, who had returned to Iran to help her elderly mother convalesce from cataract surgery, tried to visit Tehran frequently, despite a punishing work schedule. At the time, she was employed as general manager of HeavyLift International, a private, United Arab Emirates-based cargo airline run by Farhad Azima, a politically connected Iranian-born American aviation magnate based in Kansas City, Missouri. Smart, loyal and ambitious, she had established herself as one of Azima’s key employees. Azadeh deplaned, exited customs and collected her bags. Suddenly, according to Azadeh, she was encircled by five agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), who informed her of her arrest on national security grounds. Her belongings were confiscated. She was handcuffed, blindfolded and pushed into the back seat of a car, where a female IRGC agent forced … [Read more...] about The Mysterious Tale of a Powerful American Businessman, Three Sanctioned Iranians and an Imprisonment in Tehran
caption Eddie Lampert on the cover of BusinessWeek in 2004 source BusinessWeek Eddie Lampert failed at turning Sears around because the premise of his approach was flawed. Activist investors like him are the purest expression of shareholder primacy, the idea that shareholders are the most important part of a company and the only people companies have a responsibility toward. This philosophy often puts shareholders in conflict with customers and employees – and that can mean game over. It would be nice if Wall Street could have an honest discussion about why Eddie Lampert’s attempt to turn around Sears failed so spectacularly, and why he’s now proposing to acquire what’s left of the 125-year-old company’s crown jewels. But frankly, Wall Street doesn’t have the stones for that. Eddie Lampert failed because the premise of how he ran Sears was inherently flawed. Before … [Read more...] about Wall Street will never have the courage to admit why Eddie Lampert failed
The bulk of major corporate hacks follow time-tested strategies, like phishing emails that trick employees into giving up their credentials, or hackers exploiting a bug in a web portal. While effective, these strategies also open an attacker to early detection. So increasingly, hackers have taken the scenic route—through the Internet of Things. Vulnerabilities in internet-connected devices are well-documented by this point, but the most common exploitations generally involve conscripting thousands of vulnerable IoT devices into botnets, or getting onto a network through a weak IoT device for ransomware attacks. These aren't using data-stealing missions. But researchers from the IoT security firm Senrio have shown that a company's publicly exposed IoT devices can form an unsupervised backroad path into networks. Attackers can jump from one vulnerable IoT device to the next, totally bypassing mainstream devices like PCs and servers, and charting a course that's much harder to … [Read more...] about An Elaborate Hack Shows How Much Damage IoT Bugs Can Do
1. Knowledge is survival Descartes famously proposed cogito ergo sum; “I think, therefore I am.” This was a basic but profound philosophical proposition for an individual thinker’s existence as a thinking entity. In today’s corporate and wider organizational world, “I know, therefore I will continue to be,” may well be a basic but profound philosophical proposition for an individual organization’s continued existence as an organizational entity. This significance of this is only increasing in tandem with the ever-greater proliferation of business management and enterprise resource management software, and, more profoundly, as a result of the unprecedented (and still nascent) digital transformation. No longer does the big fish eat the small fish; in today’s world – as Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, famously noted – it is the fast fish that eats the slow fish. And to be fast, an … [Read more...] about Why more knowledge is not always better for your organization
From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things. Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder's Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day. I had missed Ray's talk and the subsequent panel that Ray and John had been on, and they now picked right up where they'd left off, with Ray saying that the rate of improvement of technology was going to accelerate and that we were going … [Read more...] about Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us
Donald Trump made a grand departure to Switzerland on Wednesday night, where he's attending a big to-do often referred to in the short-hand as Davos. Once there, he's scheduled to deliver a speech on Friday. SEE ALSO: If Trump's tweets have this much influence over foreign policy, we're all screwed The event is a pretty big deal, and includes business and political leaders from all over the world who hob-nob, make speeches, shake hands, and try to hash out a whole lot of deals of all sorts. And it's also where a lot of controversy could be stirred thanks to Trump and his often fiery rhetoric. But what is Davos really about and why should you care beyond just the fact that our president is there (and, at least, mercifully distracted from Twitter for a spell)? What the hell is Davos? Technically, Davos is a fancy-pants ski resort town in Switzerland where this week's big meeting is taking place, which is why it's used as a shorthand for the event. But the actual event … [Read more...] about Trump is attending Davos this week. Here’s why you should care.
Phil Harrison, a veteran of Sony and Microsoft’s game console businesses, tweeted today that he had taken a job at Google. That’s a big development in the game business, and it raises the question about why Google would hire Harrison as the vice president and general manager of a mysterious new business. Harrison ran research and development and first party worldwide studios for Sony’s PlayStation business. He left that position in 2008, and he began investing in game companies via London Venture Partners. In 2012, he became a corporate executive at Microsoft’s Xbox business, and he left that position in April 2015. At that point, he formed Alloy Platform Industries and became an investor in tech and games startups. He invested in Dream Reality, a maker of virtual reality experiences. I think that it’s a good time to start speculating about what’s coming in the future, and a number of people I know in the game business are already doing that. … [Read more...] about Why would game industry veteran Phil Harrison join Google?
January 15, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Toyota’s vision for mobility that turns transportation into a constant state of being isn’t just endlessly ambitious and downright incredible; it’s technologically feasible. To say that Toyota reimagined itself at the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show would be an understatement, even though the star of the company’s portfolio showcased last week in Las Vegas was not a technology ready for commercialization but just a concept. Still, the e-Palette project detailed by the Japanese automaker seeking to become a mobility firm was nothing short of revolutionary in its implications, describing a massive end-to-end solution for a self-driving economy. While Toyota’s e-Palette is meant to encompass the kind of autonomous ride-sharing and ride-hailing services that Uber, Lyft, and Waymo have been talking about for years now, it also does so much more; it envisions mobile warehouses, restaurants, clinics, … [Read more...] about Best Of CES 2018: Toyota’s e-Palette ‘On-Demand City’ Platform
Behind the Alexa vs Assistant war playing out at CES 2018, the fallout from Huawei’s scuppered deal with carrier AT&T is the biggest story right now. The implications and ramifications are massive for Huawei. Don’t be fooled; this is a huge shake-up. There’s little wonder Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division, went a little off-kilter in his CES presentation, showing genuine pain at the decision. Huawei CEO calls AT&T deal breakdown “a big loss for consumers” Huawei's CEO of consumer products division, Richard Yu, took to the CES 2018 stage yesterday to discuss the launch of its latest smartphones — the Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 10 — in … This leaves the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world without a partner in the world’s largest market for premium smartphones. Given 90 percent of mobile sales occur through carriers — a number cited by Yu himself — Huawei … [Read more...] about Why US carriers won’t sell the best phone in the world