Perspectives Asia #11: Transitions

This latest issue of Perspectives Asia showcases how partners, friends and fellow travellers of hbs in Asia look at and participate in ongoing transition processes in different fields, including digital technologies, demographic, democracy, gender and engery.

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Regulating AI: Debating Approaches and Perspectives from Asia and Europe

Artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a stage of maturity and extensive application across supply chains and manufacturing, in automation, public governance, media and entertainment. While industries and societies are quick in the uptake of AI to harness benefits and opportunities, many governments are catching up to develop responsible and appropriate regulatory frameworks, to prevent immense possible harm of mismanaged AI. 

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World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2022

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"WNISRs are vital reality checks of the nuclear industry’s performance. Every yearly report is a barrier against utopian fantasies and wishful thinking, a tool to connect with reality." -- Prof. Aviel Verbruggen


Debating technology and politics from a green perspective - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Asia Global Dialogue

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Debating technology and politics from a green perspective

Explainer The video explains how technology is shaping our lives and explores how we can ensure its impacts are socially useful, environmentally sustainable, and politically legitimate.

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Perspectives Asia #11: Transitions


Change is all around us; experiencing it can be exciting or worrisome, confusing or even disturbing. By contrast, the idea of “transition” stands to provide a sense of direction, in a sea of change and insecurity. Change may be happening to us; a transition has direction, it can be planned, perhaps even be initiated. It moves into a positive, sustainable direction – or so we hope.

Cover page of "Regulating AI: Debating Approaches and Perspectives from Asia and Europe"

Regulating AI: Debating Approaches and Perspectives from Asia and Europe


Artificial intelligence has left the lab and entered our everyday lives. A critical mass of countries are shifting from moralising AI to regulating it. What happens in the EU matters for the rest of the world. The EU's proposed AI Act is a first law on AI by a major regulator anywhere. International cooperation will be crucial to effectively regulating AI.

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The Feasibility and Future of Japan's Climate Policy


Japan has set an ambitious target of attaining carbon neutrality by 2050. However, the government seems unwilling to abandon nuclear and fossil-fuel options, alongside with prolonged recession, many view climate change as a preoccupation of the elite rather than a pressing issue. To give substance to climate policy, the climate movement needs to be galvanised, to better inform the public and challenge the ruling party to implement its promises. 


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The coal boom has negative consequences for humans and nature that outweigh its economic benefits. Coal does not just kill the climate. In coal mines, terrible working conditions are rife. Accidents are commonplace. The environmental and health costs linked to the use of coal to generate electricity are enormous. The atlas provides insights on how turning away from fossil (and nuclear) fuels towards renewable energy can offer huge economic and social opportunities. 

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In this latest issue, we look at how the pandemic is reshaping state/society relationships in Asia, share down-to-earth Covid-19 experiences from different regions and cultures and issues such as trust in government institutions, the situation of migrant workers and gender relationships.

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