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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Innovation

    Henry Kissinger, "How the Enlightenment Ends"

    The Atlantic - 15 May 2018

    The historian / practicing statesman’s take on AI – very informed and a great read, whether one agrees or not. Kissinger argues that philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. He fears that the world could end up relying on machines powered by data and algorithms and ungoverned by ethical or philosophical norms (reads in 8-12 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 18 May 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Technology, Innovation

    Feng Xiang, "AI will spell the end of capitalism"

    The Washington Post - paywall - 3 May 2018

    We have delved into this issue on several occasions. This op-ed, written by one of China’s most prominent legal scholars and that reads like an official manifesto, explains that if AI rationally allocates resources through big data analysis, and if robust feedback loops can supplant the imperfections of “the invisible hand” while fairly sharing the vast wealth it creates, a planned economy that actually works could at last be achievable. By contrast, it argues that if AI remains under the control of market forces, it will result in a super-rich oligopoly of data billionaires (reads in 6-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2018

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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation

    Paolo Gallo, "4 mega-trends for the future of work"

    World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda - 7 May 2018

    This is a short, punchy, piece on the four megatrends that will affect the labour markets and the nature of employment in the foreseeable future. (1) Impermanence: no more permanent contracts anymore - self-employment and freelance will become the norm; (2) Life expectancy: because of ageing, continuous learning will become a necessity; (3) New jobs: technology will end up creating more jobs than it destroys, but change will be painful and inequality will rise; (4) Women: the future belongs to them because they possess more of the qualities that will be most needed (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2018

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