Category Archive: 03. Past, Present & Future

Oct 30

The shape of things to come

What if Professor Robert Gordon was right and innovation has peaked? That would mean no more alternative sectors to employ, even mop up, labour that finds itself surplus to requirements so they end up being low-paid domestic servants (also under threat from robotics), people carers or artists, say Or they indulge in what Adair Turner, …

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Oct 14

Immortality and galactic living beckon?

Recently, some mathematicians claimed to have proved that it is impossible for we humans to live forever, despite what some optimists from the stem cell, genome or cloning camps might say According to Professor Joanna Masel, University of Arizona: “Ageing is mathematically inevitable” – we complicated animals are fated to follow one of two opposing …

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Sep 04

Future lives of leisure, not work?

Raphael Hogarth asks in The Times: What if AI does destroy most if not all jobs? What if the economy fails to create  a load of new jobs that ordinary folk can do? Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of electric, some self-driving Tesla cars, warns that: “AI poses a vastly bigger threat than North Korea” His …

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Jul 27

Inequality is on the move

The proportion of rich to relatively poor keeps changing as more and more of any nation’s people benefit from the huge productivity gains made since the Agricultural and then Industrial Revolutions which started in the 1700s Clearly, most of the poor in most developed G20 nations are a lot better off than their counterparts in …

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Jul 12

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The following sweeping pearls of wisdom are 100% from Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum I could not, indeed would not dare, try to improve on them but they surely deserve to be widely read We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way …

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Jul 11

Five forces to reshape civilisation by 2030

Peter Morici, economics professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, USA, recently published some interesting views on changes he expects world-wide by 2030: A reworking of democracy – Democratic societies outperformed all others in the 20th century – however, recent populism (ideas which appeal to ordinary people) has led their governments to …

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