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Tilting at windmills | Salman Rushdie’s new novel is a metafictional romp

Tilting at windmills | Salman Rushdie’s new novel is a metafictional romp

“Quichotte” has been shortlisted for the Booker prize Quichotte. By Salman Rushdie.Random House; 416 pages; $28. Jonathan Cape; £20. UPROOTING THE action of Miguel de Cervantes’s 17th-century picaresque “Don Quixote” to present-day America, Sir Salman Rushdie’s characteristically busy new book follows Sam, an Indian novelist who lives in New York. Sam draws on his own family strife …

Business this week

Business this week

America’s Justice Department announced a broad antitrust review of the market power of online platforms in search, social media and retailing. That increases the pressure on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to improve their behaviour as the calls from some Democrats to break up those companies grow louder during the election season. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade …

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Business this week

In a presentation to scientists, Elon Musk said that a startup he backs which is developing technology to integrate artificial intelligence with the brain plans to begin tests on humans by the end of next year. Neuralink is working on a system that will connect the human brain to machines by implanting hundreds of electrode “threads”, …

Lunar exploration · Is it time to go back to the Moon?

Lunar exploration · Is it time to go back to the Moon?

Probably, yes ON MARCH 26TH Mike Pence, America’s vice-president, gave a speech at the US Space & Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, in which he told his audience that he was bringing forward, “by any means necessary”, the target date for America to send astronauts back to the Moon. The previous deadline had been 2028. It was now …

Bartleby · For the future, look to the past

Bartleby · For the future, look to the past

Workers may need new ways of organising themselves THE DEBATE about the future of work tends to divide commentators into two camps. The optimistic case is that technology may cause temporary disruption but will ultimately result in economic growth and thus more jobs. Combine harvesters reduced the need for agricultural labourers and personal computers eliminated the …

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed that it was seeking a merger with Renault, a combination that would create the world’s third-largest car company behind Volkswagen and Toyota. FCA and Renault hope the merger will save cash to bolster investments in electric vehicles and self-driving cars. But Renault is also in a close partnership with Japan’s Nissan and Mitsubishi. That …