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Mass displacement of human labor is nothing new, but the spread of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things raises the prospect of an unprecedented wave of technology-driven job losses, with adequate replacement employment nowhere in sight.  How can we embrace the possibilities of radical innovation while addressing the threat of large-scale unemployment and a spike in inequality?

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  1. Making the Future Work for Us
    An Indian worker conducts checks in the assembly area of the power electronics factory Manjunath Kiran/Getty Images

    Making the Future Work for Us

    Sep 29, 2017 Ricardo Hausmann asks how we can know whether new technologies will empower more people or impoverish most.

  2. Protectionism Will Not Protect Jobs Anywhere
    Chinese steel plant worker STR/Getty Images

    Protectionism Will Not Protect Jobs Anywhere

    Aug 2, 2017 Kenneth Rogoff emphasizes the increasing trade permeation of even service-sector employment.

  3. Jobs in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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    Jobs in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    May 30, 2017 Simon Johnson & Jonathan Ruane offer three reasons why, despite the march of automation, the employment apocalypse is on hold.

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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.

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