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The Future of Trucking When Machines Take the Wheel

Autonomous driving technology could make getting around safer, more efficient, and less expensive. Wired investigates what this will mean for the millions of people who drive for a living and asks if the technology is really ready for the road?  

Slush: Panel Discussion | Do Startups Need Governments?

Winslow Sargeant (Managing Director at S&T, LLC), Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and Guy Levin (Public Policy & Economics EMEA at Uber) discussing the topic “Do Startups Need Governments?” at Slush 2016.  

TED: The future we’re building — and boring | Elon Musk

Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give …

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Inverse: Elon Musk’s TED 2017 Full Interview

The serial entrepreneur took part in an engaging 40-minute interview with TED’s Chris Anderson on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. Here’s Elon Musk talking about the Boring Company, SpaceX, Tesla, hyperloop, Donald Trump, and more.  

TED: How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina Warburg

Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more …

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MIT: Bengt Holmström wins Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Bengt Holmström, an influential MIT economist and long-time faculty member, has been named a winner of the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, for his work on contract theory. Tiangong-2 like Tiangong-1 is a test bed ahead of the planned launch of China’s permanent modular space station in 2022. …

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London School of Economics: Signals and Social Consequences from Shrinkflation to Fighter Jets

Speaker(s): Dr Pippa Malmgren Chair: Professor Michael Cox Recorded on 19 September 2016 at Old Theatre, Old Building Economics would be better served by complementing the backward looking approach inherent in algorithms, models and data with plain English, common sense and forward looking signals. Signals can help us identify trends as they unfold in the …

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TED: How the blockchain is changing money and business | Don Tapscott

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform …

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Peterson Institute: Launch of the Geneva Report: What Else Can Central Banks Do? | Panel Discussion

As many nations are struggling with a situation similar to what is defined as a “liquidity trap” with low or nonexistent inflation and central banks implementing quantitative easing, very low or even negative interests rates. Is the toolbox of monetary policy empty? What happens if the world slips into another recession? This panel discussion at …

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London School of Economics: “Too much Maths, too little History: The problem of Economics” | Panel Discussion

This is a recording of the debate hosted by the LSE Economic History Department, in collaboration with the LSESU Economic History Society and the LSESU Economics Society. Speakers: Proposition Team – Lord Robert Skidelsky & Dr. Ha-Joon Chang Opposition Team – Prof. Steve Pisckhe & Prof. Francesco Caselli Chair – Professor James Foreman-Peck The LSE …

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TED-Ed: The paradox of value – Akshita Agarwal

Imagine you’re on a game show and you can choose between two prizes: a diamond … or a bottle of water. It’s an easy choice – the diamonds are more valuable. But if given the same choice when you were dehydrated in the desert, after wandering for days, would you choose differently? Why? Aren’t diamonds …

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World Economic Forum: Davos 2016 – India and the World

In an era of digitization, how can India be a global resource for innovation, growth and talent? Speakers: -John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco, USA. -Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting of India. -Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India. -Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics and International Business, Leonard N. …

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Fora TV: Jerry Kaplan | Humans Need Not Apply

Jerry Kaplan, author of “Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” interviewed by San Francisco Chronicle’s Thomas Lee at the Bay Area Book Festival. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure—but for whom? From Stanford’s AI Lab, …

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Veritasium: The Illusion of Truth

If you repeat something enough times, it comes to feel good and true. This episode was inspired by the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, which summarizes research that he conducted over decades, often in collaboration with Amos Tversky. It covers all three phases of his career: …

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Wendoverproductions: Why College is so Expensive?

College is expensive in the U.S. and students are in debt. Why is this? Wendover Productions analyzes what makes higher education so expensive in the U.S. Some of the reasons: professors cost money and new facilities are expensive. But a that there are more people attending higher education than ever before.

The Aspen Institute: Back to the Future: Is the World Heading Into a New Wave of Protectionism?

In the 1930s, the Great Depression reversed a long trend towards globalization: Borders were shut, trade was halted, and tariffs imposed. After the 2008 financial crisis, it initially seemed that this would not occur again. But free trade is now stirring strong political passions, with politicians and voters of all stripes blaming trade for rising …

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Foundation for Economic Education: Adam Smith and the Birth of Economics | Lawrence Reed

Lawrence Reed, President of FEE, discusses Adam Smith’s role in the development of economic thought. Mr. Reed outlines how Smith’s background in moral philosophy led to his pioneering the study of economics. Adam Smith (16 June 1723 NS (5 June 1723 OS) – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, …

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Becker Friedman Institute: The Race between Machine and Man

Daron Acemoglu addresses an old macroeconomic concern—that machines will replace human labor–with a microeconomic analysis. “How is that for almost 200 years, technological change could be ongoing without non-employment becoming a serious issue?” The Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago supports and advances collaborative, cross-disciplinary research in economics and related fields.

Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas: An Evening with Niall Ferguson

The Scottish-born Harvard University professor, known for his provocative and contrarian views on international history and economic policy, discusses his life and work. Ferguson is a prolific commentator, a contributing editor to the Financial Times, and is the author of 11 books. In 2011, his film company released its first feature-length documentary, Kissinger, which won …

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London School of Economics: Robert Hall: Understanding the Stagnation of Modern Economies

The annual Phillips Lecture, jointly sponsored by the journal Economica and the Department of Economics in which Professor Hall, one of the world’s leading macroeconomists will speak on the macroeconomics of persistent slumps. Robert Hall is Robert and Carole McNeill Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Economics and Stanford University. Francesco Caselli …

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