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 - 1 Feb 2018
The Nobel Laureate, who’s been going to Davos every year since 1995, explains why he came back more dispirited than ever. In his opinion, the world is plagued by almost intractable problems, even so this year, most global CEOs rejoiced about the return to growth, strong profits, and soaring executive compensation. He and other economists reminded them that this growth is not sustainable and has never been inclusive; but their arguments have had little impact (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 February 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 24 Jan 2018
The deceptive use of information for hostile purposes constitutes sharp power. Information warfare always existed but two things are new: the speed and ease with which such disinformation can spread and the low cost of spreading it. Sharp power does little to enhance the soft power of its perpetrators, and in some cases does the opposite. Defending against sharp power is not easy, but openness is key (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 26 January 2018