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Jul 27, 2021

With post-pandemic AI, we’ve now stepped into the Age of Acceleration

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, robotics/AI

AI is entering take-off mode just as we exit an economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Get ready for a productivity boom.

Jul 26, 2021

Health tech goes for the silver lining in China’s ‘silver economy’

Posted by in categories: business, economics, health

Now businesses, start-ups and their backers are eyeing an even bigger bonanza in the form of the next generation of seniors. The market opportunities will shift to the development of products and services through a greater adoption of emerging technology to provide preventive health care, and help people to live in their homes for longer, plus increase independence and well being.


Opportunities in China’s elderly health care will shift to the development of tech-based products and services to help people live longer in their homes and increase their independence and well being.

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Jul 25, 2021

With jobkeeper back on the table, it’s once again a good time to talk about how we should deal with welfare as a country

Posted by in categories: economics, policy, security

We hand out cash freely to some people, while we plague others with fraudulent debt notices that may cripple financially, with dire ultimate consequences.

There is a case to be made for a universal basic income (UBI) — an unconditional payment to everyone that ensures the basics of life are catered for. It may give people security to leave a bad situation, or freedom to pursue a new future. No conditions means no bureaucracy, which improves productivity and efficiency, and the universal nature of UBI means even conservatives can get on board.

But how to afford such a payment? Surely giving away free money would blow the budget?

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Jul 23, 2021

Google parent launches new ‘moonshot’ for robotics software

Posted by in categories: business, economics, robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability, transportation

Google’s parent Alphabet unveiled a new “moonshot” project to develop software for robotics which could be used in a wide range of industries.

The new unit, dubbed Intrinsic, will “become an independent Alphabet company,” and seek industrial partners to advance their work helping to make everything from to cars, the new unit’s chief, Wendy Tan-White, said in a blog post.

“Intrinsic is working to unlock the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs, and developers,” she said.

Jul 23, 2021

Can foreign venture capitalists make good money from Indian tech?

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, finance

India has undeniable strengths, too, of course. Its computing and commercial talent makes it natural territory for venture capital. The potential to spawn game-changing startups is there. But the money flowing into venture capital worldwide is not really seeking originality. Like a Hollywood producer, it prefers to back variants of ideas that have already been hits. India is a decent story, but only a few will make decent money from it. The numbers just don’t add up.


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Jul 17, 2021

Dr Aboubacar Kampo, MD — Director of Health Programs — UNICEF — Innovation Investment For The Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, education, health

Health Innovation Investment For The Future Generations — Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, MD, MPH — Director of Health Programs — UNICEF.


Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, MD, MPH is the Director of Health Programs at UNICEF (UN Headquarters) where he provides strategic leadership, management support and overall direction to UNICEF’s global health program.

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Jul 16, 2021

Fossil fuel electricity generation has peaked worldwide

Posted by in categories: economics, energy, finance

“Emerging markets have no need to build up huge electrical infrastructure based on fossil fuels. Instead, they are leapfrogging this stage and meeting growth in demand by deploying clean energy systems — such as wind and solar — with huge potential to boost economic development and bring electricity to millions more people.”


Fossil fuel electricity generation has peaked worldwide as emerging markets seize the opportunities of low-cost renewables, according to a report published this week by India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the financial think tank Carbon Tracker.

Renewables are already the cheapest source of new electricity additions in 90% of the world, the report notes. Emerging markets (non-OECD nations plus Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica) therefore have no need to build up huge electrical infrastructure based on fossil fuels. Instead, they are leapfrogging this stage and meeting growth in demand by deploying clean energy systems – such as wind and solar – with huge potential to boost economic development and bring electricity to millions more people.

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Jul 15, 2021

Delaying Aging Would Bring Trillions of Dollars in Economic Gains, Study Finds

Posted by in categories: economics, life extension

Now researchers have used US economic, health, and demographic data to put a price on just how valuable such an intervention could be. In a paper in Nature Aging, they showed that treatments that slow down aging could be worth US$38 trillion for every extra year of life they give people.

This isn’t the first time someone has tried to pin a number on the benefits of slowing aging. The authors reference a 2013 study in Health Affairs, which estimated that a 2.2-year increase in life expectancy could be worth as much as $7.1 trillion over 50 years.

The new study uses a different methodology, though, known as value of statistical life. This is the measure used by various US agencies and represents how much people would be willing to pay to reduce their risk of dying. It incorporates concepts like health, consumption, and leisure, and therefore measures not just quantity but quality of life.

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Jul 14, 2021

Superfluid raises $9M To Build the Real-Time Finance Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, internet

When thinking of the crypto community, or any other movement for that matter, it’s common to think of where it is now. Hundreds of projects, thousands of developers, millions of users. But crypto started, not so long ago, with a nobody, Satoshi Nakamoto.

By building a small, but incredibly dedicated community of supporters, crypto has become an unstoppable force which will define this century, changing the core of our economic system: money itself.

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Jul 13, 2021

A Fully Automated Economy–How Can It Work?

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, habitats, robotics/AI

Circa 2019


Imagine we go through the disruptive transition between an economy where we need to work to make a living, to one where we don’t. It is hard to imagine because in North America; we haven’t been in this situation since the colonial era. Back in the colonial era, most people were farmers and families had to build their own homes. Neighbors traded with each other and with the closest town with what they had to get what else they needed. Those were difficult days with minimal supply chains established in North America. It is not a period we want to go back to, but we may learn from our forebears to prepare us for what is to come.

It is no surprise, in this age where automation is threatening to replace all employees, that we have concerns about how we can still function as a society when automation will take over most jobs. Fortunately, the same systems that threaten our livelihoods can bring us to a Golden Age of civilization where people live free, happy lives, without the concern for survival. I talk about the future of work in an article I published earlier this year. In a nutshell, and for the purpose of this article, I’ll jump to the conclusion: there won’t be enough demand for humans to have jobs within the next 20 years to sustain an employment-taxation type of economy.

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