Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Feb 15, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -Carlos   World & Politics Four decades after its revolution, Iran is still stuck in the past Yet the regime acts as if the revolution were only yesterday. The judiciary recently banned walking […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Feb 8, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Italian Government’s Latest Sport? Bashing France A popular myth has resurfaced on Twitter in these fractious daysabout how both haute cuisine and humble utensils were introduced to […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: 1 Feb, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics A new initiative aims to modernise global trading rules An agreement could include regulations covering spam emails or rules helping digital purchases zip through customs. It could reach […]

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Labor, Management, Technology

It’s Time to Talk About AI-Enabled Job Destruction

Last week Kevin Roose wrote an interesting piece on Davos and the reticence of most Western CEO’s to talk about their automation efforts and these efforts’ (very much intentional) elimination of human labor. The CEO’s at Davos, noted Roose, got very nervous when asked about AI-driven job destruction, so they prefer to use terms such as “the […]

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Society, Technology

The Evolution of AI: Three Big Shifts

Karen Hao writes MIT’s “The Algorithm” newsletter, and in the latest edition she has some very interesting results of an analysis she completed of 16,625 AI research papers from the website arXiv. In her analysis she finds three major trends: “a shift toward machine learning during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rise in […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Jan 25, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics William Boyd on Brexit : « What I am currently experiencing is something close to shame » History will not be kind to David Cameron, the ex-prime-minister, now nowhere to […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Jan 19, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class Even a columnist for The Economist, an organ of the British elite, now professes dismay over “Oxford chums” who coast […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Dec 28, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics Highlighted in Yellow The historian Anaïs Albert has shown that in the “Belle Époque” (1871–1914), the women of the popular classes were pivotal in the mobilization against high […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: 14 December, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics ‘Chaos is complete’: what the European papers say about Brexit In Spain, El País editorial writer Iñaki Gabilondo said Britain was now “in the quagmire” after a referendum “that has […]

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