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The Economics of Depop and DIY Sustainability

Depop is a peer-to-peer platform which is unique in that 90% of its user-base is under the age of 26. One economic benefit of software like Depop is that it is a form of accessible self-employment. Add to this the new value system for younger people who view the meaning and purpose of ownership differently to previous generations.

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Eurovision Politics: More Than a Competition

The Eurovision Song Contest, initially founded in the 1950s to unify a broken and divided Europe after the Second World War, is now the biggest music contest globally. It is also where geopolitics is on constant display. People often joke about the competition’s voting sequence, noting that some countries are doomed to fail due to neighbouring countries tending to vote for each other. However, there may be some weight to this claim.

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Unlikely allies, Unlikely Governments, The Makings of Coalitions

The past year has been one of the most unprecedented and trying times for Ireland and the world, with the new year looking much the same, depressing and uncomfortably long. Nobody can say, that when they went into the voting booths on the 8th of February last year, that they partially or fully based their voting preference on who they thought would best fight a global pandemic. In most instances, at the time of the election the only whisper of Covid-19 was a short headline on the media about a strange virus identified in Wuhan. 

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Covid-19 and the future of Artificial Intelligence.

Despite all the negative consequences of the global pandemic, it has opened new markets for the robotics industry. Firms that deal in robotics are supplying robots to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These robots supply basic items to people in isolation and detect people who are not wearing masks. Among the firms that plan to use the pandemic as an opportunity for growth is Hanson Robotics which is based in Hong Kong. 

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