Capitalism & Free Market Comes Marching Into… North Korea?

Online shopping with 24-hour delivery. On-demand transportation. Streaming movies through smartphone. Those may be described as life in New York. Or San Francisco. Or Sydney. Or Singapore. (A poster promotes the store’s 24-hour delivery and price competitiveness. Image from Arirang-Meari) Except that it’s what life like in Pyongyang, the capital city of Hermit Kingdom. Or at least what life like to elite, wealthy & middle-class of North Koreans in Pyongyang. Though under constant reminder from the regime that North Koreans can be executed for i.e watching South Korean programs, this…

Airbus A380 : A Great Vision Gone Wrong? Or Too Far Ahead?

It started with a theory. A theory that turned into a vision. And a vision that’s transformed into reality.  But reality bites. Massively. A great dream to be the leader of air travel now has become a nightmare for Airbus, and continue to become one for foreseeable future. Although rejuvenated from Emirates’ order & new interest from British Airways (BA already operates 12 A380), the A380 program still a big elephant in the Airbus’ board and management room.  Should the program continue? Or admit that their theory of hub-and-spoke no…

Has Driverless Vehicle Becomes A Precursor To A Jobless Future?

GM has announced a vehicle not only driverless, but also lack anything resembles a steering wheel.   Welcome to the future of smarter-than-smart vehicle (sans the steering wheel, and of course, the human driver). Although the future of fully autonomous-smart vehicle-with-no external-input-needed seems years away, it doesn’t calm the chatter that one day, millions of drivers will eventually become ex-drivers. Not to mention the supporting business that support those drivers (i.e truck stops) would be affected as well. Driving a vehicle as we currently know it, may become much like…