BRUSSELS - Microchips are the basic ingredient of our digitalisation. Without chips, our smartphones or laptops do not work, our cars fall silent and the internet crashes. Not surprisingly, therefore, car factories are halting production due to a global chip shortage, China and the US are fighting a trade war over chips and the European Union is investing billions in the chip industry.

Freelance technology journalist Tom Cassauwers delved into these extremely complex, nanometre-precise objects with this show. Into how chip factories are built all over the world, high-tech megaprojects requiring billions. How the ecological footprint of chips cannot be underestimated. And how smaller countries are trying to keep their heads above water in times of technology-driven geopolitics.

Tom Cassauwers

Tom Cassauwers is a freelance journalist who writes about technology and its impact on our economy and politics.
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