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Weekly selection
30 June 2018

5 insightful op-eds or articles to help make sense of today’s world

  • Ruchir Sharma, “The Coming Tech Battle With China”

    (The New York Times - metered paywall - 28 June 2018)

    Morgan Stanley’s chief global strategist says it as it is: “To contain Beijing, the US and its allies are fighting back with a campaign of techno-protectionism, opening a perilous new front in the global trade battles”. In effect, steel and all the rest is a sideshow because it is technology that will decide which country emerges as the world’s dominant economic power in the long run (reads in 5-6 min).

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  • Joshua Busby, “Warming World”

    (Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 July 2018)

    This is a must-read for those in denial about the significance of climate change. The US academic explains why climate matters more than anything else. The world is entering a period that the climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe calls “global weirding”, and its “disruption to the earth’s climate will ultimately command more attention and resources and have a greater influence on the global economy and international relations than other forces visible in the world today” (reads in 8-10 min).

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  • Will Knight, “This is how the robot uprising finally begins”

    (MIT Technology Review - 25 June 2018)

    Many people don’t realize the extent and speed at which the automation tsunami is going to engulf most industries. This article will do the trick in terms of awakening! It shows vividly how combining the latest advances in artificial intelligence with robots could transform manufacturing and warehousing—and in the process take AI to the next level (reads in 6-7 min).

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  • Moises Naim, “How America Became a Divided Nation of the Protected and the Unprotected”

    (Carnegie Endowment - 22 June 2018)

    Moises reviews Stephen Brill’s “Tailspin”, which argues that last century, America partitioned into two nations: the exploiters and the exploited - an unintended consequence of what seemed at the time to be progressive policies. The Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 allowed lobbyists to capture government agencies. Free speech absolutism led to Citizens United. Meritocracy allowed the smartest to capture everything, and feel they were entitled to hold on to it (reads in 6-7 min).

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  • Michael Porter and Nitin Nohria, “How CEOs Manage Time”

    (Harvard Business Review - 1 July 2018)

    Two titans of the business schools’ world dissect how CEOs confront an acute scarcity of just one resource: their time. Managing time is indeed CEOs greatest challenge. This study, which is data-driven, exposes the unique time management challenges CEOs face, the best strategies to conquer them, and the main pitfalls to avoid (reads in more than 15 min).

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