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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Dave Edwards, Helen Edwards, "The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation"
Quartz - 16 Jan 2017
This is related to the theme of the article above and is a must-read for anyone with children and/or looking for a job in the years to come. As we compete with robots and AI, which are the human skills that will remain valuable? The authors provide an answer by looking at what careers require human capabilities that the robots won’t be able to beat for a very long time (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017
Chris Bryant and Elaine He, "The robot rampage"
Bloomberg - 8 Jan 2017
We keep coming back to this theme: one of the defining issues of the years to come. This article makes a simple, but profound, point: after displacing US manufacturing workers, robots are poised to do the same in developing economies, provoking premature deindustrialization. The logical conclusion: it will be hard to re-shore jobs that no longer exist (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 January 2017
Ross Mayfield, "The coming tech backlash"
Medium - 4 Jan 2017
As we’ve argued in The Monthly Barometer, the labour-substitution effect of technology (new jobs replacing disappearing ones) will eventually happen, but only with a time-lag. This article provides some evidence that the disruption will be consequential. It argues that job destruction is accelerating, and that if the tech industry doesn’t get ahead of this problem, a significant populist backlash will result (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 6 January 2017
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