"Such market-driven narcissism is a chilling confirmation of how the convergence of market and self have accelerated recently, as technology, ideology, and economics have supercharged the economy. That was one of the stories behind the Great Recession, which was the logical conclusion to the union of self and market—and demonstrated how this corrupting pattern of aggressive, narrow self-interest has jumped, like a virus, from the individual to our fundamental economic institutions."

"A success would be an important advertisement for a business India hopes to enter: sending satellites and spacecraft aloft at a fraction of the cost of U.S. and European competitors."

"Spurred by science fiction and pop culture, we assume that the main superintelligence-gone-wrong scenario features a hostile organization programming software to conquer the world. But those assumptions fundamentally misunderstand the nature of superintelligence: The dangers come not necessarily from evil motives, says Bostrom, but from a powerful, wholly nonhuman agent that lacks common sense."

"Design has evolved at breakneck speeds in the last decade, and we largely have Apple to thank for that, for lighting a fire under the entire industry of electronics manufacturers to think of their esoteric gadgets as fun, approachable experiences that can bring new moments of joy to our lives. "

"But in their 1980 book, Metaphors We Live By, the linguist George Lakoff (at the University of California at Berkeley) and the philosopher Mark Johnson (now at the University of Oregon) revolutionized linguistics by showing that metaphor is actually a fundamental constituent of language. For example, they showed that in the seemingly literal statement "He’s out of sight," the visual field is metaphorized as a container that holds things. The visual field isn’t really a container, of course; one simply sees objects or not. But the container metaphor is so ubiquitous that it wasn’t even recognized as a metaphor until Lakoff and Johnson pointed it out."

"We have come to the end of privacy; our private lives, as our grandparents would have recognised them, have been winnowed away to the realm of the shameful and secret. To quote ex-tabloid hack Paul McMullan, "privacy is for paedos". Insidiously, through small concessions that only mounted up over time, we have signed away rights and privileges that other generations fought for, undermining the very cornerstones of our personalities in the process. While outposts of civilisation fight pyrrhic battles, unplugging themselves from the web – "going dark" – the rest of us have come to accept that the majority of our social, financial and even sexual interactions take place over the internet and that someone, somewhere, whether state, press or corporation, is watching."

"Big Blue’s cognitive computing chip could enable wide-ranging applications that take advantage of massive performance while using no more power than a hearing aid."

"A “solar-and-wind-powered” car with a body made of bamboo and other recyclable materials has been a familiar sight at the Manila campus of the University of the Philippines (UP), where its creator reports to work and urges his students to always think out of the box."

"In the institutions pillar, the key marker of governance, the Philippines is now ranked 67th, leapfrogging by 50 places since 2010. Despite the pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program controversy, the WEF said the efforts made against corruption are now starting to bear fruit."

"Ateneo de Manila University has set up a new research facility for convergent platforms, to help content creators optimize interactive media."

"Of course, in many cities, you can also look at an air-quality report online. But ozone isn’t measured everywhere. "I do think it would be useful to have a network of gardens across the country," she says. "Bio-indicator gardens could give us an idea of where we might need to better monitor ozone pollution in the future.""

"This is a nonsensical question, you might argue. It is perfectly clear why: Innovation is the main engine of sustained economic growth; therefore, if you want to ensure a vibrant economy you must excel in innovation."

"To have a fighting chance in AEC competition, the Philippines needs to substantially and efficiently ramp up investment spending on its suprastructure. If this is achieved along with the country’s other ongoing policy and institutional reforms, the economy would in time be on a stronger platform to face up to challenges in AEC."

"Mr Shenk, once a writer for this newspaper, backs up his assertion with reference to three archetypal creative duos: “the liquid and the container”, “the star and the director” and “the dreamer and the doer”. He uses John Lennon and Paul McCartney, liquid and container respectively, as a theme throughout this book. “Paul took the challenging, defiant material John laid before him and found ways…to make it work in the vernacular of popular music,” he writes. Mr McCartney provided structure and form for Lennon, who, in turn, pushed against Mr McCartney’s more conventional, naive thinking. In one songwriting session, Mr McCartney suggested starting a song with the lines, “She was just seventeen/Never been a beauty queen.” Lennon sneered at the second line and came back with, “She was just seventeen/You know what I mean,” joining sexual experience to innocence."

"The thinking is that subsidies to private companies are more likely to discourage entrepreneurial activity by increasing barriers to entry, and that spending on subsidies could potentially crowd out more useful spending on things like education."