Weekend Roundup: Watch for the New Breakthrough In 'Amplified Intelligence'

05/30/2014 03:17 pm ET | Updated Jul 30, 2014
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This week, The WorldPost features a conversation with bio-tech pioneer and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong on the "great convergence" he is forging in medical care by bringing together supercomputing, cloud computing and machine vision to create "amplified intelligence." Dr. Soon-Shiong is a WorldPost contributing editor for Medicine and Technology.

The results of European Parliament elections last weekend produced the expected surge of populist, anti-Brussels parties, most notably in France and Great Britain, where citizens expressed public discontent over immigration and unemployment. French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy writes that, now, "France is in danger." HuffPost UK Political Director Mehdi Hasan, a British Muslim, worries what the rising anti-Muslim sentiment will mean personally for him and his family. Max Tholl of The European examines the EU elections from another angle, noting that, in the Ukraine elections, voters looked to join a Europe that its own voters are rejecting.

Lending further context to the European political drama, James Manyika and others from the McKinsey Global Institute report that Germany is now the "most connected" nation in the world. In a rebuttal to the Financial Times' critique of his book, "Capital In The 21st Century," Thomas Piketty defends his data that shows inequality is growing inexorably.

Former Vice Chair of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, Graham Fuller, remembers when U.S. spying was not about digital surveillance, but about on the ground understanding of the world beyond America's borders -- and the limits to U.S. power to control events. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, argues that college graduates contemplating foreign service should be passionate about spreading democracy. Gareth Evans, who heads the International Crisis Group, dismisses what he sees as "alarmist" voices that worry war and chaos are imminent as U.S. power wanes and China and Russia assert themselves. Former Japanese Defense Minister Yuriko Koike argues that changing Japan's pacifist constitution to allow Japan's forces to operate outside its border to defend allies will be "conducive to peace" in a region where China is rising.

ChinaFile's Rebecca Liao reports on China's experiments with "deliberative democracy" -- active consultation of citizens on government policies , but without voting in an electoral system.

Finally, HuffPost Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush lauds Pope Francis' ecumenical gestures in the Middle East and Al Gore remembers the American Nobel Laureate Maya Angelou.

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