Four or five years ago a few collaborators and I conducted an online hackathon where we set out to rethink education. A few projects were born from that hackathon, of which one still exists. That whole experience taught us that it’s very hard for people to let go of the idea that one should educate oneself, and that people are just habituated to be educated from the top down.
The Next Economy will be driven by 10 key emerging technologies, underpinned by artificial intelligence. The vision is that it will become a general purpose technology, like a utility, that is likely to scale across every industry, every sector of our economy and nearly every aspect of science, society and culture.
Something extraordinary happened to the human species over the past two centuries: Economic growth transformed everyday life and changed poverty from a near-universal condition to a limited problem. The technologies that enabled this change emerged largely in Western Europe. Why there and not, say, in China?
The Washington Post explores why the industrial revolution didn’t happen in China in a fascinating interview with economic historian Joel Mokyr.…