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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Technology

    Yuval Noah Harari, "Why Technology Favors Tyranny"

    The Atlantic - 1 Oct 2018

    The famous historian and philosopher argues that AI could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. Also, if we don’t take steps to stop it, it will further concentrate power in the hands of a small elite. This must-read comes with the caveat that his prognosis couldn’t be darker: “Together, infotech and biotech will create unprecedented upheavals in human society, eroding human agency and, possibly, subverting human desires. Under such conditions, liberal democracy and free-market economics might become obsolete” (reads in about 10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Zeynep Tufekci, "How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump"

    MIT Technology Review - 14 Aug 2018

    How did digital technologies go from empowering citizens and toppling dictators to being used as tools of oppression and discord? This is a must-read to understand how digital technology went from an instrument promoting democracy to a weapon charged to undermine it. It offers a clear, brief review of the different stages of social media; from (1) the euphoria of discovery to (2) the audacity of hope, (3) the illusion of immunity and (4) the power of the platforms. It offers in conclusion a few recommendations to deal with the problem (reads in 8-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 August 2018

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  • ECONOMICS, Technology

    Vijay Eswaran, "The case against techno-pessimism"

    Politico Magazine - 10 Jul 2018

    The article crystallizes the difference of perception about tech: Asian societies tend to see it as an opportunity (while Europeans focus more on its disruptive nature). The founder and executive chairman of the QI Group of Companies (a multinational headquartered in Malaysia) argues the following: predictions of social catastrophe that accompany every period of rapid technological change are always wrong. Like many other Asian entrepreneurs, he asserts that, in addition to liberating time, technology will also liberate resources by continually lowering the cost of existing goods and services (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2018

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