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Magazines: The Year Ahead

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The Year Ahead 2021

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a process of deglobalization that was already underway, exposed deep disparities in the quality of governance around the world, and cast a shadow of anxiety across all societies. Even more ominously, recovering from the crisis will require a political stability, policy coherence, and international cooperation on a scale not witnessed in years.

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The Year Ahead 2021

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    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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    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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