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The Year Ahead 2017

Read – and keep – this and all of the 24 commentaries by world leaders and top thinkers featured in Fatal Attraction – The Year Ahead, 2017.

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    The AI Debate We Need

    • Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and related technologies have contributed to fears of widespread job losses and social disruptions in the coming years, giving a sense of urgency to debates about the future of work. 

    • But such discussions, though surely worth having, only scratch the surface of what an AI society might look like.
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    Criminalizing the Truth

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    • Why is Poland legislating what can and cannot be said about its Holocaust history? 

    • While one reason is that its leaders don't know enough about the subject, the most important factor is the ruling Law and Justice party's increasingly naked appeal to anti-Semitism.
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    Could the Renminbi Challenge the Dollar?

    • China’s rapid economic growth, coupled with savvy monetary management by its leaders, has internationalized the renminbi to a degree that scarcely could have been imagined just a few decades ago. 

    • But if China’s leaders ever want to challenge the US for global currency dominance, they will need to think and act more radically.
  4. US President Donald Trump speaks about the passage of tax reform legislation SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

    Economic Policymaking in the Age of Trump

    • For decades, America has suffered from a long-run productivity slowdown that has sapped the economy of its former dynamism, and left median wages stagnant.

    • Will the tax legislation recently enacted by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration finally reverse this trend, or will it make a bad situation worse?