Monthly Archives: September 2017

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    Thoughts on the future of human knowledge and machine intelligence

Thoughts on the future of human knowledge and machine intelligence

Throughout history, nations and armies have brawled for knowledge. The burning of the Library of Alexandria, the destruction of Xianyang Palace’s archives, the secret investigations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the destruction of the Mayan Codex, and many other examples illustrate the continuous human quest for owning knowledge or eliminating it from an enemy.

Knowledge however, has a peaceable face; […]

Towards a modern UK industrial strategy

Every government has an industrial strategy however it is articulated: government affects the investment climate for business through tax and regulation; establishes national priorities; invests in skills, infrastructure and research; and procures outputs from the private sector – all of which influence the evolution of the private economy.

In the UK, business and politics have always been intertwined. The desire […]

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    Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

Grenfell Tower: Why aren’t more women covering big news stories?

They are words I’ve heard several times in my career, whenever I deviate from my usual beat of writing about celebrities, but this time it was much more memorable.

“What’s that f-ing showbiz girl doing down here?”, I overheard a male news reporter from a rival newspaper say. I was at Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the terrible inferno, […]

September 19th, 2017|Gender, Katie Hind|0 Comments|
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    The link between wage inequality and the housing market’s boom and bust in Spain

The link between wage inequality and the housing market’s boom and bust in Spain

Our study uses administrative data to document large cyclical variations in the evolution of earnings inequality in Spain. We find that the construction sector played a key role in this evolution.

Figure 1 shows the evolution of the logarithm of the 90/10 percentile ratio of male daily earnings – a commonly used measure of inequality – between 1990 and 2010. […]

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    Gender and the news industry: Why it’s important to focus on mainstream newspapers

Gender and the news industry: Why it’s important to focus on mainstream newspapers

In her blog post, Allyson Zimmerman identifies the press as a site where stereotypical representations of women leaders are circulated. Drawing on research undertaken by Catalyst, Zimmerman discusses the importance of a focus on gendered stereotyping to further understand women’s exclusion from leadership positions. This resonates with the argument put forward by Helena Liu, Leanne Cutcher and David Grant, […]

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    We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves – Book Review

We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. John Cheney-Lippold. NYU Press. 2017.

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In 2013, a 41-year-old man named Mark Hemmings dialled 999 from his home in Stoke-on-Trent. He pleaded with the operator for an ambulance, telling them that ‘my stomach is in agony’, that ‘I’ve got lumps in my stomach’, that he was vomiting […]

September 17th, 2017|Book Review, Daniel Zwi|0 Comments|
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    UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

At a recent event marking the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said the UK’s banking sector could be “15 to 20 times GDP” in just a “quarter of a century”. But such proclamations beg a big question: what is the value of all this activity and wealth to the rest of […]

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    British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

British society sees itself through a predominantly old, white male gaze

The media is the mirror that society holds up to itself, it is through newspapers – online and off – that the first draft of history is created and power held to account. At Women in Journalism we believe that it is vital to the functioning of democracy that the mirror the media holds up to society provides a […]

September 15th, 2017|Eleanor Mills, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

Think manager, think male: Stereotypes that the media help reinforce

 Popular stories in the media often reinforce misperceptions of women leaders by speculating about how they are different from men. They ‘sell’ because these stories seem to resonate with an unfailing belief about women and men, even if research shows the premises behind them are simply wrong and rooted in gender biases or stereotypes.

Unfortunately gender stereotyping is alive and […]

The value of good management

Ask any sports fan about their favourite team and they will usually spend half the time either cursing or extolling the manager. The manager is apparently responsible for every loss, and perhaps even the occasional victory. On the other hand, many people also have an ingrained cynicism about the fads and fashions of management thinking. For example, there’s an […]

Looking for leadership guidance in classic philosophy

Some people contend that authentic leadership is more ethical and compelling. Authenticity depends on aligning what you do and say on the outside with who you are on the inside. They recommend looking inward to find your true self and core beliefs. Experts offer to help leaders bring to the surface what they find deep down.

Oddly, three celebrated philosophers […]

Peer review processes risk strangling economic growth

Einstein’s theory of relativity was criticized in 1931 in a book titled ‘100 authors against Einstein’. He replied that if they were right, one author would have been enough. This is an extreme example of the perils of peer review when dealing with brilliant researchers at the cutting edge of science. It is of vital importance right now to […]

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    The media play a role in deciding who is an authentic leader

The media play a role in deciding who is an authentic leader

What is the electoral appeal in political candidates as different as Corbyn, Trump and Macron? Political commentary indicates that it is because they are “real”, true to themselves, and in that way, unlike the “typical” politician.

This commentary finds support in the academic literature on authentic leadership, where it is argued that the leaders who inspire confidence, optimism and trust […]

Digital labour markets: The hard questions

In 1770 Wolfgang von Kempelen presented a sort of robot called the Turk (hidden inside there was, in reality, a person operating it) that could beat humans at playing chess. The robot toured Europe, eliciting contrasting reactions about the future robotisation. The first digital labour market for the trading of micro-tasks was tellingly named Amazon Mechanical Turk and presented […]

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    Why do unethical leaders thrive, despite all talk to the contrary?

Why do unethical leaders thrive, despite all talk to the contrary?

The disappearance of the iron curtain in the early 1990s led many social and political analysts to believe that liberal democracy had prevailed as the “winning” political system of humankind. At the same time, egalitarianism, positivity, and humanism (along with mainstream Western ethics) came to dominate the textbook versions of organisational life and leadership. At the very least, it […]

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    The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online – Book Review

The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online – Book Review

The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online. Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner. Polity. 2017.

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Whitney Phillips, winner of the Nancy Baym book award for her work on trolling and mainstream culture (2015), and Ryan M. Milner, author of the World Made Meme (2016), turn their sharp focus to the weird world of internet culture. In this […]

Economists for Free Trade: the case for Brexit

Distinguished economists (let’s call them Economists for Remain) challenge the argument made by Economists for Free Trade that leaving the EU will be positive for the UK economy. In particular, even under the best case assumptions, exit from the EU, according to these economists, will lead to a loss of trade, a loss of investment and a loss of welfare to […]

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    A quality certificate increases trust and donations to a charity

A quality certificate increases trust and donations to a charity

When donating to charities, people expect their money to be spent wisely. However, since donors are not the recipients of final goods and services, they cannot easily assess their quality. Given that large scandals involving charities are covered in press again and again (for example, Kids Company in UK in 2015, or Unicef in Germany in 2006), the reported […]

For 3D printing to go mainstream, it needs a platform

It is a truth all but universally acknowledged that in our digital age every great technology is in need of a platform to enable it to make the leap from technological renown to mass application. We have all heard of the stories of how sector after sector has been transformed by platforms. Think of telecommunications, media and entertainment and, […]

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    Leadership: The measurable impact of inspiring a sense of purpose

Leadership: The measurable impact of inspiring a sense of purpose

When we need to create change, the evidence shows that money and fear are poor motivators. Finding a common inspiration is an alternative that works. Leaders have the privilege and responsibility of generating alignment to a common purpose.

This is acutely true when there is a crisis or urgency to change the performance of a business. Arriving in these situations, […]