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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation, Manufacturing

    Steve LeVine, "No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives?"

    Quartz - 14 Apr 2017

    Robots will wipe out many jobs - somewhere between 9% and 47% of workers in the West over the next two or so decades according to various estimates, and more in emerging markets. Workers will adjust but the transition could be agonizing and the backlash monumental. We won’t stop the robots, but robotization won’t happen unfettered. A tax on robots, “affirmative action for humans” and “back to the basics”: all these are ideas that will gain traction.  Long (9-13 min) but a must-read.

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017

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  • Technology, Innovation, ECONOMICS, Manufacturing

    Dominic Barton, "Catching the digital wave"

    Project Syndicate - 15 Jan 2016

    McKinsey’s global managing director explains why technological innovation is transforming the competitive landscape, with the most advanced companies, rather than the largest or most established players, coming out on top. These changes arise from the power of digital platforms and network effects. Companies that do not digitize the core components of their business and rethink organizational design and governance processes will be left behind. For incumbents, the threat of displacement has never been as real as it is today. (reads in about 8 mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 16 January 2016

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  • ECONOMICS, Manufacturing, ENVIRONMENT, Sustainability

    Dan Charles, "Can Big Food Win Friends By Revealing Its Secrets?"

    NPR - 26 Dec 2015

    This article explains why the significant bias against Big Food can only be overcome with companies opening up and revealing details of their operations. This will come through “smart label” codes that inform consumers about “the good, the bad and the ugly”. We posted this article because the trend will extend well beyond food companies. Greater transparency is no longer optional. (reads in less than 5mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 2 January 2016

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