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Magazines: The Year Ahead

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The Year Ahead 2020

As 2019 draws to a close, it is unclear whether we have reached “peak disruption,” or whether a further unraveling of political systems, economic models, and international arrangements is in the offing. Between the poles of populist/authoritarian “destruction” and liberal/reformist reconstruction, what specific forces are most likely to define the next year – and the next decade?

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  1. op_campanella9_David McNewGetty Images_oil drilling David McNew/Getty Images

    The End of the Oil Age

    Edoardo Campanella

    Although the modern world was built with oil, the time has finally come for humanity to shift to newer, cleaner sources of energy. But, as three recent books show, the process will be neither simple nor easy.

    reviews three recent books on the state of the industry and its future after the pandemic.
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  2. op_mahroum3_Visual China Group via Getty ImagesVisual China Group via Getty Images_automation production line Visual China Group via Getty Images

    Agents of Automation

    Sami Mahroum

    Bold, specific, and usually alarming predictions about automation and coming job losses obscure a basic fact: the future remains uncertain. Whether technology is used to liberate or enslave us is always ultimately the responsibility of the humans in charge.

    pushes back on the emerging consensus that whatever new technologies can do they inevitably will do.
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