Sat.Nov 12, 2011

Race Against the Machine

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Erik Brynjolffson and Andrew McAfee just published an excellent short (sixty pages, less than twenty thousand words) e-book - Race Against the Machine: How The Digital Revolution Is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy. Erik Brynjolffson is a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

A theory of the bipolar economy

Mind Hacks

If you’re convinced that the current cycle of the boom and bust economy is due to the collapse of collateralised debt obligations secured on oversold mortgages that destablised the European market due to its reliance on cheap loans from an artificially inflated US market – think again! A 1935 Psychological Review article proposed a ‘manic-depressive psychoses’ theory of economic highs and lows based on the idea that the market has a form of monetary bipolar disorder.

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Italian Pirate Party to launch today?

David Weinberger

While the Pirate Party already has an association in Italy, it seems likely that this afternoon it is going to register as an official party. That’s an exciting and encouraging step.

Radio 4′s brilliant brain season now being scattered

Mind Hacks

BBC Radio 4′s Brain Season is in full swing, which, in typical BBC fashion, is both brilliantly conceived and chaotically scattered over their webpages like a drunken farmer chasing birds off his field with a seed planter. A good place to start is the brain season blog post which lists all the programmes in the season and links to their programme page and separate podcast page (if one exists). It may or may not be being updated as new material comes online.

Harbours, markets & bookshops

Dave Snowden

I've always liked small towns. I grew up in one and have lived in or near to them ever since. On a weekend you can walk into the High Street and know that you will meet people you know.