Project Syndicate - 24 Sep 2018
The growing severity and frequency of extreme-weather events suggests that climate scientists' nightmare scenarios must now be taken seriously. Fortunately, says the former policy-maker, rapid advances are being made in clean-energy technology and carbon-neutral forms of living. Research shows progress in the use of non-fossil-fuel technologies is advancing not just linearly, but exponentially (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 October 2018
MIT Technology Review - 14 Aug 2018
How did digital technologies go from empowering citizens and toppling dictators to being used as tools of oppression and discord? This is a must-read to understand how digital technology went from an instrument promoting democracy to a weapon charged to undermine it. It offers a clear, brief review of the different stages of social media; from (1) the euphoria of discovery to (2) the audacity of hope, (3) the illusion of immunity and (4) the power of the platforms. It offers in conclusion a few recommendations to deal with the problem (reads in 8-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 August 2018
Bloomberg - 10 Jul 2018
Economists have been debating the “productivity paradox” (why is productivity stagnating despite all the excitement about tech?) for years, but Lord Turner has just offered a new explanation that should put it to rest. He affirms that the combination of technological innovation and low measured productivity growth is exactly what we should expect because the impact of new technology on total productivity growth depends crucially on who accrues the income from the new inventions; what additional consumption they choose to enjoy with that income; and the nature of productivity advances in the sectors that workers are shifted into as a result. Brilliant, crucial and reads in less than 10min!
Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2018