• Artificial Intelligence

    On the brink of the singularity

    Alan Stevenson |  May 25, 2022

    The increasing sophistication of hardware and software to augment our capabilities is beginning to blur the boundaries between man and machine, raising a host of physical possibilities and ethical questions.

  • Environment

    After the floods

    Cecilia Duong |  May 25, 2022

    While populations around the globe have dealt with the effect of floods for millennia, climate change is now bringing bigger and more extreme storms and flood events to Australia.

  • International

    The battle for ideas will shape new global order

    Stephen Nagy |  May 25, 2022

    The world has a choice to make between the freedom and democracy offered by the West and the aggressive authoritarianism of Russia and China.

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  • Naval lessons from the Black Sea

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 12, 2022

    The sinking of Russia’s flagship and the ongoing humiliation of its navy in the Black Sea by Ukrainian drones and missiles offers lessons for navies in the Pacific, not least in offering clues to counter China’s naval aggression.

  • Of human blindness

    Warren Brown     |      May 12, 2022

    Innumerable species have been driven to extinction by the spread of mankind over the planet, but such is our rapacious and thoughtless exploitation of the world’s resources that humanity itself is putting itself at risk.

  • How Ukraine won the propaganda war

    Paul Baines     |      May 12, 2022

    Russia’s army of internet trolls and official propagandists have fared about as well as their ill-fated tanks on the battlefield in their war against the intelligent, agile and creative defenders of Ukraine.

  • Monitoring labour exploitation in the Asia-Pacific

    Sallie Yea     |      May 12, 2022

    The exploitation of workers is at an all-time high. However, traditional concepts of slavery combined with gendered expectations means that many victims of labour exploitation will not receive the support they need.

  • A lack of leaders in troubled times

    James Walter     |      May 11, 2022

    The world has seen the best and worst of political leadership in the shape of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Vladimir Putin in recent months, and, on the evidence of the current election campaign, Australia’s leaders are pygmies by comparison.

  • Citizen power and climate action

    Belinda Henwood     |      May 11, 2022

    UNSW Sydney’s Gandhi Oration invites speakers to address some of the human rights issues of our time. This year, the UNSW Centre for Ideas asked Jean Hinchliffe and Peter Garrett to talk about what we can do as citizens to create action for climate change.

  • We should treat climate change like COVID

    Samuel Berhanu Woldemariam     |      May 11, 2022

    COVID-19 provoked an urgent, science-led, whole-of-government response from many nations around the world. With climate change already making a global impact, it’s in everyone’s interest for national governments to take the same approach.

  • The eyes have it

    Open Forum     |      May 11, 2022

    Millions of older people with poor vision are at risk of being misdiagnosed with mild cognitive impairments, according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

  • Putin attends his own funeral

    Tatyana Malyarenko     |      May 11, 2022

    Russia celebrated its ‘victory day’ over fascism on May 9 but its own descent into fascism continues, and no amount of big hats and goose stepping can hide how badly things are going for Vladimir Putin.

  • Europe must invest in its own survival

    Kenton White     |      May 10, 2022

    The end of the cold war allowed European powers to slash defence spending, but the reality of Russia’s threat to the free world demands a much greater investment in the tools required to defend freedom and independence from Putin’s barbarism.

  • Tabi on Racial Matters: DEI is a must have not just nice to have

    Gloria Tabi     |      May 10, 2022

    Policies encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion have become crucial for the health, productivity and success of organisations and businesses.

  • Australia lost the second debate

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2022

    Sunday’s ill-tempered ‘debate’ between the leaders vying to be Australia’s next Prime Minister was an unedifying spectacle, and while the winner might be disputed, the loser was undoubtedly the Australian electorate.