Posts Tagged ‘economy‘

What is the Servitude Bubble?

I’m going to call it a Servitude Bubble. For the simple reason that it is largely based on creating armies of servants. You can call them whatever buzzwords you like — “tech-enabled always-on super-hustling freelance personal brand capitalists”. But the truth is simpler. The stuff of the

5 ways tech can transform finance

Crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lenders, mobile payments, bitcoin, robo-advisers – there seems to be no end to the diversity, or to the sky-high valuations, of these “fintech” innovators. Read more from World Economic Forum Gerd Leonhard on the future of finance: Watch Digital Transformation and the Future

IoT could be worth $11T per year

Our bottom-up analysis for the applications we size estimates that the IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. Read more from McKinsey & Company Also read Gerd’s blog on IoT and its unintended consequences

Robots & Basic Income

Work and income still go together, which is why we find it so hard to imagine people working for no money, or for the common good, or to get out and meet people. But as new platforms like Amazon, Airbnb or Uber allow more of

Silicon Valley is out to change how we live

We are witnessing nothing less than a societal transformation that ultimately nobody will be able to avoid. It is the kind of sea change that can only be compared with 19th century industrialization, but it is happening much faster this time. Just as the change

The financial world should be run by women

In a paper (paywall) entitled “Thar SHE Blows? Gender, Competition, and Bubbles in Experimental Asset Markets,” Texas A&M’s Catherine C. Eckel and Sascha Füllbrunn, of Radboud University in the Netherlands offer new experimental evidence on the differences between the sexes when it comes to trading behavior… Women in

Antiwork: a radical shift in how we view “jobs”

Work will doubtless always be necessary, but hopefully reduced to a minimum. Bertrand Russell wrote that “the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organised diminution of work”. But this seems unlikely to happen while work is framed as the virtuous side of a

Chain Blog — Bitcoin’s Killer Apps

Bitcoin is in the same place today. Many people are intrigued because they can feel “something is going on.” But they wonder how buying a sandwich with bitcoin is better than using, say, a credit card. As with many breakthroughs, most people think about bitcoin