Bound in Blockchains


We have all clicked “I Accept” on terms and conditions that we’ve never read. Somehow, it doesn’t feel the same as writing our signature on a piece of paper; we would never physically sign a contract without reading it. So what happens when our creeping readiness to press ‘I Accept’ commits us to a series of blockchain transactions that we don’t understand?
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Rigid Thinking for a Fluid Future? Why Matthew Taylor is Wrong


At the first in a series of #VibrantEconomy events at Manchester Metropolitan University tonight, Matthew Taylor of the RSA talked about the future of work. Rather than focus on the complexity of the challenges, and the radicalism required, what we got was a call for building frameworks, certificates and issuing badges. If the future world of work will be characterised by rapid change and flux, why are we trying to catch, control and reduce it into something less?
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Skinning the Interface: the case for Augmented Reality


The headline grabbing claims that human workers will be replaced by robots are misleading. Currently, there are only about 5% of jobs that could realistically be replaced by robots. There are though a million jobs that could be done better, faster and cheaper with humans and robots working together. Where is the interface between the human and the robot and what form does that interface need to take?
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‘#FinDom’: A case study of how work is changing in the 4th Industrial Revolution


When we think about the future of work, we often think about three key principles: The use of tech to enable fast cheap start-ups; having more than one source of work and income; and the roles that robots will or will not be able to replace. We can see practical examples of all three of these principles in the fascinating world of online #Findom: Financial Domination.
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Why Employment Rights cause misery, and how to replace them


There is an important role for government in protecting people from exploitation and abuse. But there is also a point at which these protections become so conservative in nature that they do more harm than good. With the rapid acceleration of change in the 4th Industrial Revolution we need to find ways to move beyond maintaining an increasingly unhappy (and unproductive) status quo.
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Stewardship, Alternative Capitalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution


As Klaus Schwab wrote in his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution, “Neither technology nor the disruption that comes with it is an exogenous force over which humans have no control. All of us are responsible for guiding its evolution, in the decisions we make on a daily basis as citizens, consumers, and investors.” So, what does this mean in a capitalist economy focussed on growth and productivity?
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