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For Kevin Rafferty's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 4, 2014

The age of intelligent robots

When a chatbot can convince judges at Britain's Royal Society that it is a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy with limited English skills, it may be time to worry about a computer taking your job.

Jun 2, 2014

India's diversity is Modi's burden

Whether new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Gujarat state recipe can work well for all of India is problematic. India needs more competition, new ideas, new entrepreneurs — not new privileges for the rich

May 5, 2014

Is Modi too big a man for India?

The biggest problem with the rise of political superhero Narendra Modi is that it follows the "Big Man" model, which is flawed many times over in the case of diverse India.

Apr 11, 2014

Evolving tale of two Chinas

The fear that China may try to take over their island is what prompted Taiwanese students last month to protest a services trade pact with China then stage a "sunflower" sit-in of Taiwan's parliament.

Apr 3, 2014

The India democracy show

Indians are just days away from the start of the greatest democratic show on earth, as 814.5 million of them prepare to cast ballots at 930,000 polling stations between April 7 and May 12.

Mar 11, 2014

Ukraine batters a broken world

Surely the prize for the most cynical news item of the month should go to the announcement from Oslo that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014.