Technology

Is Your Job Robot Ready?

Nikhil Sonnad has published an inter-active graphic on Quartz.com that suggests the likelihood that certain jobs will be turned over to machines in the future. How they did it: We compared three variables related to the American workforce: the median wage for various jobs; the number of people employed in those positions in the United States; and the likelihood […]

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Society, Technology

FT: “Let’s get geeks into government”

Gillian Tett has a good piece on FT.com about Brett Goldstein, a former executive at OpenTable, who left the tech world for local government in Chicago out of a desire to get more involved socially. Notes Tett: Fifteen years ago, Brett Goldstein seemed to be just another tech entrepreneur. He was working as IT director of […]

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Economics, Technology

The Race Is On to Invent New Money

Andrew Ross Sorkin has an interesting short piece on DealBook on something I have written about before: the future of money. An excerpt: If the last three decades revolutionized the information and telecommunications industries, the next three may upend the basic tenets of finance: currency, credit and banks, as well as payment and transmission systems. […]

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Mathematics, Technology

FT: The Perils of Big Data

Tim Hartford has a good piece on FT about the promise and perils of “Big Data” (Big Data: are we making a big mistake?). The article is a balanced view of the value that the latest data-driven analyses can provide, as well as the easy ways in which the same data can mislead us into […]

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Society, Technology

For a Better Brain, Click Here

Check out the interesting piece on the WSJ site about neuroimplants, “The Future of Brain Implants.” An excerpt: What would you give for a retinal chip that let you see in the dark or for a next-generation cochlear implant that let you hear any conversation in a noisy restaurant, no matter how loud? Or for […]

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Economics, Technology

The Snowden Affair and the Birth of Datalism

Evgeny Morozov, the author of To Save Everything, Click Here, has a though-provoking opinion piece on FT.com. His basic thesis is that the Snowden affair has not only shed light on government espionage but also, and more importantly for the average person, on a shift in the basis of capitalism from exclusively a money-driven system […]

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