Saudi Arabia and the Chinese Belt and Road: the Great Convergence

Last updated on March 26th, 2019 at 07:19 pmIn February 2019, during the Saudi Arabia-China economic forum, the two countries signed for more than 28 billion dollars deals (“Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum Signs 35 Deals During Crown Prince’s Beijing Visit”, Ashark Al Awsat, 22 February, 2019). These gigantic deals are part of the growing Saudi-China relationship. […]

The Red (Team) Analysis Weekly – 7 March 2019

Last updated on March 19th, 2019 at 09:09 pmCredit Image: ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org) Using horizon scanning, each week, we collect weak – and less weak – signals. These point to new, emerging, escalating or stabilising problems. As a result, they indicate how trends or dynamics evolve. Here, we focus on signals that could favourably […]

Horizon Scanning and Monitoring for Warning: Definition and Practice

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 10:28 am(Rewritten and revised edition) Horizon scanning and monitoring for warning are part of the family of activities used to foresee the future, anticipate uncertainty and manage risks. Their practice is crucial for successful strategic foresight and warning, risk management, futurism or any anticipatory activity. While monitoring is […]

The Red (Team) Analysis Weekly – 28 February 2019

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 10:29 amCredit Image: ESO/C. Malin [CC BY 4.0] Using horizon scanning, each week, we collect weak – and less weak – signals. These point to new, emerging, escalating or stabilising problems. As a result, they indicate how trends or dynamics evolve. Here, we focus on signals that could […]

Climate change: Shall we live or die on our changing planet ?

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 12:53 pmA cavity 1000 feet tall (1600 metres), and as large as two thirds of Manhattan has been found inside the Antarctic Thwaites glacier (Sarah Sloat, “An Enormous Cavity Inside an Antarctic Glacier Harbors a Dangerous Threat », Inverse Daily, February 1, 2019). It has been created in three […]

The Quantum Times (Daily Updates)

Last updated on May 29th, 2019 at 06:13 pmHorizon scanning on Quantum Information Sciences and technologies and their use. As a result we publish the Quantum Times, a daily scan and news brief on everything related to the emerging Quantum world. The Quantum Times is updated daily before 9:00 ECT. You can access it here […]

Time in Strategic Foresight and Risk Management

Last updated on March 13th, 2019 at 06:39 pmFrom the corporate world to governments, we seek to escape uncertainty and surprises. This is crucial to survive and thrive. It is also necessary for the protection from threats, dangers and risks. As a whole and generally, our abilities – if not willingness – to identify threats has improved with experience […]

Stabilising Or Escalating the French Yellow Vest Movement?

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 10:32 amThis article seeks to assess the future of the Yellow Vest protest movement and of the situation in France. It looks at the way the actions of political authorities can stabilise a protest movement. Then it applies this understanding to the French movement. Indeed, if protests in […]

Quantum Computing, Hollywood and geopolitics

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 10:33 amSince 2017, quantum information and technology science (QIS), and especially quantum computing, are quickly emerging as central in Hollywood and its movies, TV series and novels. Their scenarii emphasise the link between quantum power and national security situations. Hollywood and the U.S Strategic Debate This is a […]

Sensor and Actuator for AI (1): Inserting Artificial Intelligence in Reality

Last updated on May 20th, 2019 at 05:25 pmBeyond hype and hatred, this article focuses on the way Artificial Intelligence (AI) – actually Deep Learning – is integrated in reality, through sensor and actuator.* Operationalisation demands to develop a different way to look at AI. The resulting understanding allows highlighting the importance of sensor and […]