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Who counts as a killer robot?

A front-page article in the FT today was titled US rules out 'Terminator' troops (in print). The digital version's title - "US to deploy robot...

Is innovation faster when countries feel threatened?

In 1993, Joel Mokyr wrote for Reason: Especially after 1870, when the major European powers became steadily less friendly toward one another, the sense of one...

How to keep airports (un)safe with software

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 3.1 fifteen years ago, probably thinking that no one would use it anymore. Originally released in April 1992, that version of...

Who got most patents in 2014?

MIT was granted fewer patents than Facebook in 2014. This fun fact was hiding in plain sight on page 3 of this Intellectual Property Owners Association...

Roundup of links from this week (incl. National Parks in China)

Why I am still not excited by the Palma index (Branko Milanovic) Sharing Economy Workers Need a ‘Safety Net’ (WSJ) Putting an End to 'Us and...

Reading Orwell: The Case for the Open Fire

The Case for the Open Fire was published in the Evening Standard on December 8, 1945. The essay shows a conservative attitude that a reader today...

Rethinking Macro Policy: Ken Rogoff's remarks

Rogoff's remarks at this year's IMF Spring Meeting start at about 19:30. Many points are healthy food for thought, I just quickly wrote down five...

Are sensors solving the “Akerlof problem”?

As consumers, we are so in love with getting (seemingly) free services in exchange for our data, that the new norm seems to be: “you have...

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