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Telemedicine is essential amid the covid-19 crisis and after it

  Telemedicine is essential amid the covid-19 crisis and after it Online health care helps patients and medical workers—and will be a legacy of combating the novel coronavirus, says Eric Topol of Scripps Research FOR MILLENNIA the laying-on of hands represented the essence of the doctor-patient relationship: taking the pulse, tapping on and listening to the chest, feeling lumps—the human touch of the carer. But the covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the transition to a new model of remotely delivered health [...]

November 6th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

Society doesn’t think ahead but we can trick ourselves into doing better

Society doesn't think ahead but we can trick ourselves into doing better There are mental techniques to bypass our natural short-termism—and to defend our liberty, says Steven Johnson, author of "Farsighted" HUMANITY IS SURROUNDED by testaments to its ingenuity, from skyscrapers and space travel to open-heart surgery. But it is a perplexing feature of human cognition that people are, at the same time, terrible at long-term planning and managing risk. Individuals smoke today, discounting their health tomorrow; factories pollute today, [...]

October 30th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

To neutralise populism, give people more control

To neutralise populism, give people more control Providing individuals with greater agency can improve our politics, say Robin Varghese and Sarah Pray of the Open Society Foundations   This is a by-invitation commentary as part of The Economist’s Open Future initiative, to spur a global conversation across the ideological spectrum on individual rights, markets and technology. * * * THE CURRENT wave of populism is often explained as a reaction against globalisation. The economic losers, the argument goes, have not [...]

October 7th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

A cry for freedom in the algorithmic age

A cry for freedom in the algorithmic age Humanity must retain the right to reject the network and uphold individuality, says Gaspard Koenig   As artificial intelligence makes its way to all areas of life, the most prominent people aiming to explain the technology and translate it for the public tend to be scientists, businessmen and often, Americans. Gaspard Koenig is different. A French philosopher, he runs GenerationLibre, a think-tank that promotes classical liberal values of individual freedom. And he [...]

September 28th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

Even noxious ideas need airing—censorship only makes them stronger

Even noxious ideas need airing—censorship only makes them stronger     Restricting free speech in the name of liberty fuels illiberalism, says Jacob Mchangama of Justitia, a Danish think-tank   “Freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread … where the dignity of other people is violated.” So said Angela Merkel in a speech to the Bundestag last November. The German chancellor grew up under a communist dictatorship and leads a country where vicious propaganda [...]

September 21st, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

How society can overcome covid-19

Countries can test, quarantine and prepare for the post-coronavirus world, says Larry Brilliant, an epidemiologist   WHEN THE makers of the film “Contagion” in 2011 needed to vet the plausibility of the script, they turned to Larry Brilliant, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists. His reply scared them even more than the screenplay: not only was the scenario possible, he explained, it was almost certain to happen. Today, the world is living a nightmare similar to the cinematic description. Mr [...]

September 14th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

Cory Booker: “Making real the ideals of our country”

Cory Booker, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, on racial justice, fixing racial income inequality—and optimism   “THE PAST IS never dead. It's not even past,” wrote William Faulkner, an American novelist. The observation rings especially true for the agonising problem of race in America. After centuries of slavery and segregation, African-Americans achieved formal legal equality only in the 1960s. Yet discrimination persists and they are far more likely to be victims of police violence than other demographic groups. Cory [...]

September 7th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|

Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right

America needs more and better protections over personal data, says Lawrence Cappello of the University of Alabama   ONE OF the toughest questions of modern life is where to draw the bounds of privacy—and privacy law. Digital technologies make a virtue of sharing. At the same time, the ability of governments and companies to keep people’s activities under surveillance has never been greater. Slick artificial-intelligence algorithms depend on data, and creeping authoritarianism around the world means that the collection of [...]

February 27th, 2020|The Economist-Open Future|
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