France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery | The Independent

This is an interesting article in the Independent. It reports that France has apparently become the first country in the world to ban plastic plates, cups and utensils, passing a law that will go into effect in 2020. Exceptions will be allowed for items made of compostable, biosourced materials. The new law is a part of the country’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, the same legislation that also outlawed plastic bags in grocery stores and markets beginning in July.

Source: France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery | The Independent

As a passionate environmentalist, I welcome this initiative.

Opinion – Digital Today, Cognitive Tomorrow – Ginni Rometty – MIT Sloan Management Review

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The eight-striper wordmark of IBM, the letters “IBM” in City Medium typeface. Introduced in 1967. Trademarked by International Business Machines Corporation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Schematic representation of the links between constitutive scientific domains of cognitive science. Français : Représentation symbolique des liens interdisciplinaires entre les sciences constitutives du domaine des sciences cognitives. Voir : Image:Hexagramme cognitiviste 2.png After Keyser, S.J., Miller, G.A., and Walker, E., Cognitive Science in 1978. An unpublished report submitted to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must read article in the MIT Sloan Management Review. The author is Ginni Rometty is chairman, president, and CEO of IBM Corp.She argues that digital transformation is just a step in the journey toward a cognitive technology revolution.

Source: Digital Today, Cognitive Tomorrow

What worried me reading this article to be candid is appropriate control and regulation over companies like IBM. For me, IBM has too much market clout and I would prefer to see IBM broken up and for more competition.

Surely the acid test of whether companies like IBM should be broken up or face additional regulation is whether they are paying their full quoto of taxes in Europe?

Let me  put it more directly as an open question:

Should there be greater international competitive regulation to stop IBM from acquiring an oligopolistic market share in cognitive technology?