The New York Times - metered paywall - 9 Nov 2018
The celebrity’s historian prophecies might have made him a Cassandra in Silicon Valley, but instead he has had to reconcile himself to the locals’ strange delight. This article delves into the details that might explain this apparent paradox. It contains great insights on Harari himself (reads in 8-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018
Wired (metered paywall) - 1 Nov 2018
Wired chief editor and the head of Eurasia Group explain how AI can support autocracies: their governments can access considerable amounts of personal data while facing no real legal constraints. China epitomizes this trend: it is fast becoming an “AI superpower” that will export its techno-authoritarian revolution to the world (reads in 12-15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 27 October 2018
The Atlantic - 15 Oct 2018
In the US and in many other countries, electronic surveillance of employees has grown rapidly across all industries. The author of the forthcoming book “The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change” explains why the more bosses try to keep track of their workers, the more precious time employees waste trying to evade them. This shouldn’t come as a surprise: research studies of surveillance suggest that it tends to increase stress and to lower job satisfaction (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 October 2018