Economics, History, Management, Society

Recent Read: “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”

Don’t miss this impressive (and enlightening) article by Princeton’s Matthew Desmond from NYT’s new “1619 Project.” Some highlights:   Perhaps you’re reading this at work, maybe at a multinational corporation that runs like a soft-purring engine. You report to someone, and someone reports to you. Everything is tracked, recorded and analyzed, via vertical reporting systems, double-entry record-keeping […]

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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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Education

Recent Read: “Don’t Shun Conservative Professors”

In case you missed it, Arthur C. Brooks has a solid op-ed in the New York Time on academic intellectual freedom. Some highlights: These days, the news is full of sensational stories of violent campus mobs shutting down conservative speakers and freaked-out college administrators treating rioters with kid gloves. Such stories offer excellent fodder for critics who […]

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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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