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Our opinion piece on China’s central bank digital currency has been published in South China Morning Post.
1. These Caterpillars Can ‘See’ Colors With Their Skin (science, NYT) Amy Eacock, Hannah M. Rowland, Arjen E. van’t Hof, Carl J. Yung, Nicola Edmonds, Ilik J. Saccheri, Adaptive colour change and background choice behaviour in peppered moth caterpillars is mediated by extraocular photoreception, Communications Biology, 2, 286 (2019). 2. Dating While Dying (NYT) 3. How Does a Think Tank Founder Do His job? podcast with Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress (startups, Slate) 4. […]
1. Understanding China’s robot phenomenon (innovation) China is the world’s largest user of industrial robots. In 2016, sales of industrial robots in the country reached 87,000 units, accounting for around 30 per cent of the global market. To put this number in perspective, robot sales in all of Europe and the Americas in 2016 reached 97,300 units (according to data from the International Federation of Robotics). In addition, between 2005 and 2016, the operational stock […]
Well, that’s an interesting turn of events. China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), revealed that its central bank digital currency (CBDC) “can now be said to be ready“. The new CBDC will not be available to the public and will not compete with commercial bank deposits. It will be used by the PBoC and commercial banks for settlement of transactions. This may increase transparency of the Chinese banking system and create some […]
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