In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!




Kenneth Rogoff
Filter: Category: Technology
  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities, Technology, Innovation

    David Siegel, "How efficiency is wiping out the middle class"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 25 Jan 2017

    The find manager argues that the economic dislocations unleashed by computers and artificial intelligence have been vastly underestimated. He thinks we are just in the early days and his fundamental point is this: “Not all destruction is creative in the Schumpeterian sense. As we are seeing, it might just create a wasteland where middle-class communities once thrived” (reads in 5-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 27 January 2017

  • SOCIETY, Education, ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation

    Dave Edwards, Helen Edwards, "The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation"

    Quartz - 16 Jan 2017

    This is related to the theme of the article above and is a must-read for anyone with children and/or looking for a job in the years to come. As we compete with robots and AI, which are the human skills that will remain valuable? The authors provide an answer by looking at what careers require human capabilities that the robots won’t be able to beat for a very long time (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities, Technology, Innovation

    Marc Benioff, "4 ways to close the inequality gap in the Fourth Industrial Revolution"

    World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda - 18 Jan 2017

    The tsunami of technological change engulfing the world (another prominent theme at Davos) will worsen inequalities. Salesforce’s chairman and CEO acknowledges that while the 4th industrial revolution is enabling extraordinary levels of innovation and efficiency, it’s also contributing to a widening inequality gap. He makes four broad suggestions to address the challenge: (1) build trust, (2) stimulate growth (3) spur innovation, (4) drive equality (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017

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