Politics, Public Policy, Government Articles

Technology is NOT Enough

Not long ago, there was a West African village that had an urgent need for clean water. The women would trek every day down to a river that was so contaminated it was leading to all kinds of preventable infections. Eventually, a charitable international agency

Google, Facebook and the Search for Truth

By Tim Cole* There is no doubt that false information and fake news sites on the Internet hugely influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. There is no more appropriate figurehead for what the Economist in a recent title story called the “post-truth world”

What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money? (via FiveThirtyEight)

An read essay-style post found on FiveThirtyEight, complementing the Swiss referendum to be held on June 5th on an unconditional basic income,  Excerpt: “The economic uncertainty surrounding basic income is huge, and the politics of bringing such a program about on a large scale are daunting.

The evilification of Facebook: Gerd Leonhard about to quit Facebook!

The Futures Agency’s CEO Gerd Leonhard is thinking about leaving Facebook – and he needs your help in deciding this. “Facebook now generates 35% of my traffic to this site and my Youtube channel, yet I am seriously thinking about ending my posts and contributions to Facebook, and may delete my profile and my pages altogether.” Gerd

How demographics rule the global economy

The developed world’s workforce will start to decline next year, threatening future global growth. Ever since the global financial crisis, economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the U.S. and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro

These Technologies Will Shift the Global Balance of Power in the Next 20 Years

Excellent foresight post by Vivek Wadhwa on Singularity HUB on the grand challenges we face the coming decades with more and more exponential technologies taking the highway of change , leaving most governments, businesses, and economists perplex: “Governments, businesses, and economists have all been caught off guard by the geopolitical shifts

Al Gore’s new version of capitalism

A growing number of economists warn that ever shorter time horizons are destroying businesses and entire economies. Since the publication of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore has become a partner in the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins and is a member of the Apple board.