The 2020 data and AI landscape
When COVID hit the world a few months ago, an extended period of gloom seemed all but inevitable. Yet many companies in the data ecosystem have not just survived but in fact thrived. Read full ArticleRead more
‘Machines set loose to slaughter’: the dangerous rise of military AI
Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt the advance of the killer robots? The video is stark. Two menacing men stand next to a white van in a field, holding remote controls. Read full ArticleRead more
4 scenarios for the future of Facebook
As of June 30, a record 2.7 billion people — exactly a third of the population of Earth — enter the social network at least once a month. Some 1.8 billion of us, another record, use Facebook at least once a day. Just counting these devotees, Facebook has a population larger than the U.S. Read … Continue reading "4 scenarios for the future of Facebook"Read more
Big powers must set rivalry aside to combat shared threats like COVID and climate change – but how?
The United Nations is 75, and, according to Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, it is showing its age. Read full ArticleRead more
Preparing For Tomorrow’s Workforce In A World Run By Machines
Our increasing fascination with the hyper-performance of machines, smart software and AI is casting a shadow over our elusive and ephemeral ‘human-only skills.’ As our working environments shift dramatically it’s time for a change in our performance metrics, too. Read full ArticleRead more
Study: Global business travel will survive COVID-19
Global business travel has largely ground to a halt during the pandemic. Read full ArticleRead more
Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better
We worship efficiency. Use less to get more. Same-day delivery. Multitask; text on one device while emailing on a second, and perhaps conversing on a third. Efficiency is seen as good. Inefficiency as wasteful. There’s a sound rationale for thinking this way. Read full ArticleRead more
Jeff Bezos Explains Why His Best Decisions Were Based Off Intuition, Not Analysis
Jeff Bezos shared some advice on entrepreneurial decision-making on Thursday, saying he made all his best decisions based on instinct, not analysis. He also repeated a previous mantra that Amazon’s secret sauce is “obsessive compulsive” focus on the consumer, rather than its competitors. Read full ArticleRead more
A Human-Centric World of Work: Why It Matters, and How to Build It
Long before coronavirus appeared and shattered our pre-existing “normal,” the future of work was a widely discussed and debated topic. Read full ArticleRead more
🔮 Living with the pandemic; US v China; fake reviews; telepathy, negative-carbon hydrogen & selfies++ #282
I’m Azeem Azhar. I convene Exponential View to help us understand how our societies and political economy will change under the force of rapidly accelerating technologies. 🦠 These models show how the pandemic could evolve over the months and years to come. Read full ArticleRead more
They Made How Much?
You won’t want to miss our next DealBook Debrief call, where we will discuss racial injustice and corporate America with special guest Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Times’s domestic correspondent and creator of The 1619 Project. Read full ArticleRead more
One Last Chance to Fix Capitalism
Roughly two-thirds of the way through Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, Rebecca Henderson’s prescription for reversing some of the damage business has done in the past half-century, the Harvard Business School professor rates the chances that environmentally iffy industries might effectiv Read full ArticleRead more
A Job Guarantee
As I continue to research the societal factors that influence our future, I’ve explored broad topics from Government Deficits to Modern Monetary Theory. Most recently, I’ve looked into something that lies at the heart of many societal ills; unemployment and underemployment. Read full ArticleRead more
Google and Apple’s diktat to governments on coronavirus contact-tracing apps is a troubling display of unaccountable power
On 10 April, in the midst of the largest public health crisis in over 100 years, Apple and Google quietly revealed the true extent of their political power. The way they did so has left me questioning some long-held beliefs. Here’s why. Read full ArticleRead more
Merkel and Von Der Leyen The Two Women Who Could Transform Europe
With Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about to take over the presidency of the European Council, the European Union is set to be run by two German women with a long history. The Continent might never be the same. Read full ArticleRead more
Doomscrolling: Why We Just Can’t Look Away
Primal instincts often drive our obsession with stressful news, and social-media platforms are designed to keep us hooked Read full ArticleRead more
Experts predict what it’ll take to find a job in a post-Covid world
In February, employers were hiring [during] a roaring job market. It was really the strongest job market in any of our lifetimes. Today, probably about one-third of the workforce is working from home under COVID-19 in the US, and I don’t expect that is going to last. Read full ArticleRead more
Why Are Women-Led Nations Doing Better With Covid-19?
Monday was a day of triumph for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Thanks to the efforts of the entire nation, she said, New Zealand had been largely successful in meeting its ambitious goal of eradicating, rather than just controlling, outbreaks of Covid-19. Read full ArticleRead more
Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.
A crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. Here are 34 big thinkers’ predictions for what’s to come. Read full ArticleRead more
How Long Until The Economic New Normal?
There are many conflicting views emerging on the timing of an economic new normal. Regardless of the source, all of it at some level is speculation. There is too much uncertainty to do prediction justice. That doesn’t mean that talented prognosticators can’t take a shot. Read full ArticleRead more