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Value in the Age of AI

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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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    Automation and Human Agency

    Sami Mahroum advocates a new approach to technological innovation that would strengthen resilience to shocks like COVID-19.
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    Globalizing the AI Revolution in Health Care

    Dominik Ruettinger calls for new worldwide standards to facilitate the collection of anonymized patient data for medical research.
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    Realizing the Potential of AI Localism

    Stefaan G. Verhulst & Mona Sloane explain how cities can take the lead in creating a governance framework for uses of artificial intelligence.
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    The Power of AI in Emerging Markets

    Frank-Jürgen Richter explains why not only developed economies stand to benefit from broad adoption of artificial intelligence.
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    Why AI Will Not Abolish Work

    Andrea Komlosy calls for a rethink of what counts as economically valuable activity as new technologies displace paid labor.
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    Closing the Education-Technology Gap

    Gordon Brown & Anant Agarwal show how online platforms can be used to furnish the skills needed for a rapidly changing labor market.
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    The AI Frontier of Economic Theory

    Thomas J. Sargent anticipates that big data and artificial intelligence will lead to new models of behavior and outcomes.
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    Automating Segregation

    Nicholas Agar worries that involuntary social interactions will be one of the casualties of the digital economy.

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    Is Putin in Peril?

    From alternate-reality annexations to fresh nuclear threats, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems more desperate than ever to project an image of strength after a string of battlefield defeats. As Ukrainian forces advance on Russian-occupied territories and hundreds of thousands of draft-age Russian men flee the Kremlin’s “partial mobilization,” we asked PS commentators to assess his prospects.

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    Liz Truss’s Backward Vision of the Future

    Diane Coyle argues that the new UK government will never cure what ails the British economy by living in the past.
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    The State Is Taking Back Energy

    Nick Butler sees increased government intervention in the sector as necessary but too often suboptimal.
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    The Stabilizing Effect of Inflation

    Daniel Gros explains why, despite the disruptions caused by monetary tightening, a financial crisis is unlikely.
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    Germany’s Emerging War Economy

    Dalia Marin outlines how the country can transform its economy and help Europe achieve strategic autonomy.
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    Japan’s Post-Abe Trust Crisis

    Akira Kawamoto explains how Fumio Kishida’s embattled government can regain public confidence and boost economic growth.
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    Liz Truss vs. the Bank of England

    Shang-Jin Wei explains how UK policymakers can prevent a financial crisis by helping pensioners and homeowners.
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    What’s Happened to China’s Economy?

    Zhang Jun worries that weakened incentives for local-government policy innovation are undermining dynamism and growth.
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    Women, Life, Freedom, and the Left

    Slavoj Žižek

    Four recent global news stories have revealed the varieties of women’s empowerment, showing how the politics of sex and gender can either challenge or reinforce existing power structures. For Western liberals, understanding these dynamics will be crucial to beating back the new right.

    shows how four recent news events highlight the failings of Western progressives to counter the far right.

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