Sunday, February 7, 2016
  1. Robots and Refugees

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Robots and Refugees

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     worries that the technology refugees rely on to escape suffering will be used against them.

    Train station at night

    As the EU struggles to strengthen its border security, tracking and finding refugees and economic migrants before they reach European soil will become a priority. But no technology can address the underlying problem: the conflicts from which millions of people are seeking refuge. READ MORE

  2. Strategies for Responsible Gene Editing

    Kevin M. Esvelt

    Strategies for Responsible Gene Editing

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     argues that research that can alter wild organisms should be transparent and publicly guided.

    DNA double-helix with color-coded nucleotides, phosphates and sugar

    A powerful new tool capable of addressing problems as diverse as malaria, Lyme disease, and invasive species should be a cause for celebration. But, because so-called CRISPR genome-editing technology would alter entire populations of wild organisms, its responsible use poses a serious public-policy challenge. READ MORE

  3. Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Larry Hatheway

    Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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     thinks financial markets don't pay sufficient attention to human ingenuity.

    Modern laptop computer

    Investors worldwide are fretting about global demand conditions, fearing, for example, a potential hard landing in China and the repercussions of falling oil prices. But, while these worries are well founded, they often neglect human ingenuity's unparalleled ability to deliver better living standards and investment opportunities. READ MORE

  4. Catching the Digital Wave

    Dominic Barton

    Catching the Digital Wave

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     urges companies to focus in 2016 on digitizing the core components of their business.

    Digitized sound wave

    As technological innovation sweeps across economies, it is transforming the competitive landscape, with the most advanced – rather than the largest or oldest – companies coming out on top. That’s why CEOs’ top priority in 2016 should be to digitize the core components of their business. READ MORE

  5. NASA’s Journey to Mars

    Ellen R. Stofan

    NASA’s Journey to Mars

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     lays out the steps that will be necessary to put humans on the red planet.

    NASA logo on large planetary sculpture

    Sometime in the early 2030’s – less than two decades from now – we will be ready to send humans to Mars. Doing so is justified not only on scientific grounds, but also because meeting the challenge of long-distance manned space travel would spur technological breakthroughs with widespread applications on Earth. READ MORE

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