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The Second Great Divergence

The Second Great Divergence “As we accelerate further into the 21st century, it’s becoming increasingly likely that a Second Great Divergence will be soon upon us.”The term “Great Divergence” is used to connote that moment in the 19th century when western Europe and parts of North America, in the wake of the industrial revolution and …

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Here’s to the next 30

Here’s to the next 30 “The economic titans of the next 30 years, across all sectors, will be those that adapt quickly to increased AI potential, more intelligent and streamlined software, and the ability to utilise vast amounts of data.” The future is a polarising concept. Some tech evangelists prophesise AI-enabled utopias, while other commentators look …

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The Ever-Changing Face of Leisure

The Ever-Changing Face of Leisure “The number of hours the average full-time worker spends working each week hasn’t changed much in the last 25 years or so” “The end of labour is to gain leisure”, said the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. We spend the majority of our waking hours labouring, with one in eight employees …

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30 Years of Business

30 Years of Business “The Soviet Union was no more. Regan was in the White House. Thatcher was in number 10. Global capitalism had triumphed.” Rewind 30 years to 1989. It was a big year. The dawning of a new era. In November, the Berlin Wall fell, marking the end of the Cold War and …

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How Robots Are Changing Healthcare

How Robots Are Changing Healthcare “We want robots to make our lives easier and safer, yet we can’t quite bring ourselves to trust them.” We humans have been afraid of robots since Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Čapek first used the word in 1920. Čapek’s science fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), in which “roboti”, synthetic people …

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The Economics of Christmas

The Economics of Christmas “Each UK citizen will spend an average of £54,000 on Christmas during their lifetime” Over the years, the meaning of Christmas has shifted as England moves away from the religion of Christianity towards the religion of retail. Christmas has quickly become the time of year that can make or break both …

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The Indian Mobile Revolution

The Indian Mobile Revolution There’s an unfortunate and pervasive idea, particularly in the West, that India is the country to which all ‘back-office’ tasks can be outsourced. It’s in India, the thinking runs, where someone else’s ideas are executed, where the tech industry is only a ‘services’ industry, where cheap labour saves billions for companies …

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