China’s Belt and Road Initiative poised to transform the clean energy industry

China’s Belt and Road Initiative poised to transform the clean energy industry

“All roads lead to Rome”. In fact, this is no exaggeration: The Roman Empire depended upon 250,000 miles of roads for maintaining and supporting its 70 million inhabitants. In the 21st century, Chinese President Xi Jinping would seem to have similar strategic ambitions with regard to China’s multi-trillion dollar “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Stretching across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, BRI represents a strategic trade network for Chinese goods and services. One industry that could benefit enormously from BRI is clean energy technologies. Beijing’s 12th Five-Year Plan directly focuses on investments in advanced technologies, especially clean energy technology.

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Augmented Intelligence and the Future of Work

Augmented Intelligence and the Future of Work

From the proliferation of sharing platforms like Airbnb and Uber to the advent of blockchain networks and advanced robotics, the nature of work is changing. According to MIT researchers, we are moving into a “Second Machine Age” in which advanced technologies have begun automating work across multiple industries. Given the inherent capacity of technology to automate labor, it stands to reason that developing the right kinds of learning and development (L&D) systems is now fundamental to the future of work. 

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The Future of RegTech: Compliance on the Blockchain

The Future of RegTech: Compliance on the Blockchain

The common assumption today is that artificial intelligence will soon drive our cars, manage our work, and manufacture our goods, but how will technology impact our governments? Unfortunately, much of the public sector has been slow to fully embrace digitalization. This is partly because of the complexity and security risks inherent in implementing information technology across public institutions. Fortunately, emerging technologies like blockchain or distributed ledger technologies (DLT) are making this process vastly easier.

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Forecasting Cryptocurrency Regulation

Forecasting Cryptocurrency Regulation

With the rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) over the past two years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has signaled that it is increasingly focusing on policing ICOs within the crypto space. An aggressive posture by the SEC has served as a red flag to early-stage companies who might seek to raise funds through the sale of tokens. 

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Surfing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Artificial Intelligence and the Liberal Arts

Surfing the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Artificial Intelligence and the Liberal Arts

As more routine and predictable labor is automated, and technology gives rise to unprecedented opportunities, creative work associated with the human imagination (meaning-making, communication, and critical reasoning) will be uniquely valuable. The scale and pace of this disruption requires an education system that is able to harness emergent opportunities linked to AI. Surfing the Fourth Industrial Revolution will mean bridging human and machine intelligence through learning systems that support creativity and innovation.

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Work and Social Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Work and Social Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Since its inception some sixty years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved from an arcane academic field into a powerful driver of social and economic change. AI is now the basis for a wide range of mainstream technologies including web search, medical diagnosis, smart phone applications, and most recently, autonomous vehicles. Given the prospects of an economic future in which large swaths of the working population are at risk of losing their jobs or seeing them diminish in quality, how might government mitigate the impact of AI?

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Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Everywhere—But You May Not Own One

Self-Driving Cars Will Soon Be Everywhere—But You May Not Own One

Even as the capabilities of self-driving cars continue to evolve, it is not a given that consumers will choose to buy one. What is equally likely is that autonomous vehicles will transform the automotive industry entirely. According to some estimates, there could be as many as 10 million cars with self-driving features on the road by 2020. In fact, surveys suggest that there will be fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in the future.

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Education and accelerated change: The imperative for design learning

Education and accelerated change: The imperative for design learning

Discussions on the impact of “technological disruption” writ large are now so common as to seem almost banal. According to research at Gartner, for example, one-third of all jobs will be converted into software, robots, and smart machines by as early as 2025. Meanwhile, some 65 percent of children in grade school today are predicted to work in jobs that have yet to be invented. In fact, all of these changes are converging toward what some are now describing as a “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Given this technological revolution, how should educators respond to accelerating change? 

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