The New York Times - metered paywall - 10 Feb 2018
This is a sign of things to come… As the angst against tech in general and AI in particular keeps mounting, more politicians (or aspiring ones, like the businessman in this article who is a contender for the next US Presidential election) will focus their campaign on the ‘robot apocalypse’. They will propose radical and less radical measures (such as UBI) to fend off the coming robots. Watch this space! (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 February 2018
The Guardian - 13 Feb 2018
This may be the most extreme example of luxury and exclusivity gone mad! It’s worth reading the article in full to get a sense about how hubris is leading the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’ back in business (reads in 12-16 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 February 2018
VOXeu - 6 Feb 2018
This is an intriguing new idea and a must-read! The LSE geographer's theory puts regional inequality ahead of personal inequity as a cause of populist revolt. According to him, populist ballot-box successes are a "revenge of the places that don't matter" because "lagging or declining regions vote differently to prosperous ones”. Challenges for policy-makers are considerable, but he suggests some ideas and solutions (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 February 2018