In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Elizabeth Kolbert, "Our automated future"
The New Yorker - 19 Dec 2016
This article addresses a question taken up by a number of recent books: How long will it be before you lose your job to a computer? The common answer is: not long. The “threat of a jobless future” is almost as old as technology, but economic history suggests that, as one occupation vanishes, another comes into being, but normally not without a good deal of suffering. This is a must-read to make sense of what’s coming, filled with quotes and references (reads in 9-13 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 December 2016
Mike Murphy, "Amazon is opening a grocery store with no cashiers and no checkout lines"
Quartz - 6 Dec 2016
Amazon just announced that it will open in early 2017 a grocery store in Seattle (called Amazon Go) where customers will be able to walk in, pick up the items they want to buy, and walk out. This short piece that reads in just about 4-5 min contains two important lessons: (1) AI is progressing at a much faster pace than most of us realize; (2) this will provoke deep concerns about “technological unemployment” (there are currently 3.4 m cashiers in the US, a further 4.5 m retail salespeople, and 2.4 m who restock and move cargo around) (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 December 2016
Diane Mulcahy, "Who Wins in the Gig Economy, and Who Loses"
Harvard Business Review - 29 Oct 2016
The gig economy will benefit workers with specialized skills and deep expertise as well as entrepreneurial workers (it rewards hustle). At the other end of the spectrum, retail and service workers currently in low-skill, low-wage jobs can also win: the gig economy gives them a chance to gain more control and have more flexibility and autonomy in their working lives. The people who’ll struggle the most are all those in the middle: corporate workers whose skills are common and commoditized (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 4 November 2016
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