Stewardship, Alternative Capitalism and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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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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London didn’t vote for Brexit, so why is it in charge of how it happens?

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Tobias Buck writes in the Financial Times this weekend about the shift to the right wing ‘Alternative for Germany’ being powered primarily by those in the East of the country feeling increasingly left behind. We in the UK had the same issue with the North of the country in the Brexit referendum. We now have a perfect opportunity to help address the issue, so why are we so determined not to?

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The Dangers of a Human Future of Work

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The erstwhile counter-intuitive idea that the rise of the machines will enable a renewed valuing of what it is to be human, has been helpful as we think about the future of work. Rather than simply operating as ‘inefficient robots’ we can celebrate what it is about us that is not automated or possible to replicate with an algorithm. We are though at risk of slipping into a way of talking about this idea of being ‘Human’ that is unquestionably laudatory. Yes, we are human, (all too human?) but that brings with it a wild frontier that is not without its dangers. We need to move beyond ‘Humans good, robots bad’.

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