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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
    Servers Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    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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    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
  2. emmott_Antonio MasielloGetty Images_meloni Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
  9. james196_Michael M. SantiagoGetty Images_unitednations Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.

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