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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • ECONOMICS, China, GEOPOLITICS, China, Technology, Innovation

    Edmund Phelps, "Will China Out-Innovate the West?"

    Project Syndicate - 5 Apr 2018

    Yes! The Nobel laureate offers an intriguing response to one of today’s most fundamental questions. In his view, Western governments have for decades protected incumbent firms at the expense of new market entrants. As more and more Chinese companies are realizing that they must innovate in order to get – and stay – ahead in the global economy, he argues, the West urgently needs to change course, or risk being left behind (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2018

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  • ECONOMICS, Global Growth, Technology, Innovation

    Jeffrey Frankel, "Is Technology Hurting Productivity?"

    Project Syndicate - 19 Mar 2018

    The productivity paradox (despite all the hype about tech, productivity is flat or declining) is one of today’s big economic conundrums. Not only are new technologies doing less to boost productivity than past innovations; but - as counterintuitive as it may sound – they may even have negative side effects that undermine productivity growth, and that reduce our wellbeing in other ways as well. This article explains persuasively why (reads in 4-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 23 March 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Innovation

    Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, "What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 19 Mar 2018

    In this edited interview, Yuval Noah Harari, the famous Israeli historian author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus” shares some powerful insights about our future. Among others: AI and automation will create a ‘global useless class’; New technologies could hijack democracy, and even our sense of self; Technology will be a new tool for discrimination - not against groups but individuals; Time is accelerating: for the first time in history when we have no idea how human society will be in a couple of decades.”  Whether you agree or not, this is a must-read (and it takes only 5-6 min.)

    Published in Weekly selection 23 March 2018

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