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  • Technology, Innovation

    Ben Smith, "There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley"

    BuzzFeed - 12 Sep 2017

    A must-read! BuzzFeed’ editor-in-chief thinks that the turn against the tech industry has now become a major, and possibly permanent, trend in American politics. In his words, “the new corporate leviathans that used to be seen as bright new avatars of American innovation are increasingly portrayed as sinister new centers of unaccountable power, a transformation likely to have major consequences for the industry and for American politics”. An issue worth watching, particularly for those invested in tech (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 15 September 2017

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Innovation

    David Gershghorn, "The age of AI surveillance is coming"

    Quartz - 27 Aug 2017

    … much faster and will be further reaching than we imagined.  Thanks to deep learning, the tools for identifying who we are and what we’re doing across video and images are evermore sophisticated. Facial recognition systems are rapidly growing in complexity, efficiency and scale (this article offers many examples). The possibility of a dystopian future à la 1984 exists… (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2017

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  • Technology, Innovation, ECONOMICS, Monetary Policy

    Andrew Sheng and Xiao Geng, "Barbarians at the Monetary Gate"

    Project Syndicate - 30 Aug 2017

    The two academics / policy-makers argue that digital currencies (over which policymakers and regulators have little control) could further destabilize an already-tenuous leverage- and liquidity-based system. In their opinion, the danger of crypto-currencies extends beyond facilitation of illegal activities. Unlike conventional currencies, they also have no corresponding liability, meaning that there is no institution like a central bank with a vested interest in sustaining their value (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2017

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