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Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti

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Carlo Ratti, Director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, is Co-Founder of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati.

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  1. Reinventing Paris
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    Reinventing Paris

    May 5, 2022 Carlo Ratti touts an urban-planning initiative that relies on the interplay between the virtual and physical worlds.

  2. Where Is Dubai Leading Us?
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    Where Is Dubai Leading Us?

    Mar 4, 2022 Carlo Ratti questions the model the city hopes to set for emerging urban centers around the world.

  3. Putting Rio de Janeiro on the Map
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    Putting Rio de Janeiro on the Map

    Jan 18, 2022 Carlo Ratti highlights urban planners’ use of laser scanning to modernize the city’s notorious favelas.

  4. Cities and the Climate-Data Gap
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    Cities and the Climate-Data Gap

    Jan 13, 2022 Robert Muggah & Carlo Ratti remind local governments and urban planners that they can’t manage what they can’t measure.

  5. Can Barcelona Create a New Kind of Tourist Economy?
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    Can Barcelona Create a New Kind of Tourist Economy?

    Dec 15, 2021 Carlo Ratti considers how tourism-dependent economies can grow without straining infrastructure and alienating locals.

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    The Dangerous Retreat into Protectionism

    Carl Bildt warns that nothing good will come from a more deeply fragmented global economy.
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    The Case for Ukraine’s NATO Accession

    Yuriy Gorodnichenko & Ilona Sologoub explain why giving in to the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail could push the alliance into a death spiral.
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    Daron Acemoglu

    If you listen to tech industry leaders, business-sector forecasters, and much of the media, you may believe that recent advances in generative AI will soon bring extraordinary productivity benefits, revolutionizing life as we know it. Yet neither economic theory nor the data support such exuberant forecasts.

    finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.
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    What the China Pessimists Are Getting Wrong

    Yu Yongding rejects gloomy narratives about the economy’s prospects and proposes ways to revive growth.
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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.

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