Saturday, April 29, 2017

Links 4/29/2017

Do We Understand the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Employment?

Artificial intelligence is already transforming the world of work, but the future is hard to predict. Some see most jobs at risk of automatisation, while others argue robots will only take on a narrow range of tasks in the coming decades. Nevertheless, we need a broad debate to prepare the appropriate economic policy response to the new industrial revolution.

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/28/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA, Democrats 2016 autopsy, Thomas Frank, GDP, Amazon and small suppliers, Amazon and DHL, vegetation and health

Facebook Hews To Democratic Party Line on 2016 Election Manipulation

Facebook amplifies Team Blue’s message in announcing measures to deal with “information operations” that seek to manipulate public opinion.

They Go Together: Freedom, Prosperity, and Big Government

Conventional wisdom about big government being a negative “freedom” isn’t borne out data.

Senate Democrats Discuss Doubling Down on Losing Strategy of Suing Trump on Emoluments

Senate Democrats are mulling filing a lawsuit against Trump for violating the emoluments clause. Don’t they have better things to do?

Links 4/28/2017

UN Panel Strives to Improve Access to Medicines: TRNN Interview with Celso Amorim

TRNN interview with Celso Amorim on which priorities should prevail when intellectual property protection collides with public health.

Gaius Publius: Obama Harvests His Presidency

Obama signs up to collect fat speaking fees from Wall Street for services rendered to the 1% during his presidency.

Reminder: Washington DC Area Meetup Tonight, April 28!

Our NC meetup near Washington DC is tonight! Be there or be square!

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/27/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: NAFTA, Obama’s $400K, Shattered, profanity, the “deep state,” durable goods, robot companions, inequality, college debt

Links 4/27/2017

Wall Street Journal Reports on Appearance of Private Equity Self-Dealing at Blackstone and Other Firms Nearly Four Years After We Broke the Story

So why is the Wall Street Journal years late in reporting on private equity self-dealng, and underplays its seriousness to boot?

Why Anti-War Purity Tests Are Not Sound Political Strategy

Why head on opposition to war has failed and other approaches have better odds of long term success.

Mark Ames: Credit Suisse Decries Russian Inequality After Playing Leading Role in Creating It

Credit Suisse criticizes Russian inequality after having profited handsomely from playing a big role in creating it.