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
Project Syndicate - 25 Jan 2018
In the opinion of the economist/policy-maker, the hope that the current global economic recovery will entail a retreat of populism is misplaced. Even in the best-case scenario, with income distribution beginning to improve, change would be “glacially slow”. Other factors feeding populism – deindustrialization, loss of manufacturing jobs, stubborn pockets of unemployment in left-behind cities and regions – would change equally slowly. He also asserts that earlier periods show that populism thrives in environments where longstanding sources of identity – for example, class or nation – have weakened, which is the case today (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018
The Huffington Post - 12 Jul 2017
The founder and CEO of GIFT gives us food for thought by arguing that the escalation of social unrest can only be prevented by questioning five economic givens (1) Free market-driven development is the best mechanism to build vibrant economies; (2) Countries should sustain their development through FDI; (3) Large-scale urbanization is necessary; (4) The best way to understand productivity is to measure it as how quickly and how cheaply we can produce something; (5) We can fight climate change through the free market and technological innovation /reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2017