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U.S. is a meritocracy but it’s still not fair


Much of the current debate about inherited wealth in a number of Western countries is informed by the notion that most of today’s top...

Gig workers are the modern proletariat

Karl Marx defined the proletariat as laborers “unencumbered by any means of production” who were increasingly impoverished by the rise of machines. In that...

Don’t blame Uber for city congestion

A growing body of research shows that ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft increase rather than reduce congestion. These services, however, account for...

We’re missing a chance to solve migration

As the global number of asylum seekers continues to increase, migration is now a political lightning rod on both sides of the Atlantic. And...

Think small, specific to build trust in tech

The story about a $400 internet-connected juicer that turned out to be superfluous since a human could simply squeeze juice from its producer’s proprietary...

Happy nations don’t focus on growth

The Socialist candidate for the French presidency, Benoit Hamon, says he doesn't believe in the "myth" and "quasi-religion" of growth-- it's part of the...

Keep your kids away from connected toys

How dangerous is a teddy bear or a doll? In the Internet of Things era, it's not an idle question but one for parents...

Snapchat’s performance doesn’t match IPO hype

If you want to know what "unicorn" hype is like at its grandest, read the initial public offering filing of Snap Inc., the parent...

Trump’s contempt could be good for the U.S.

Donald Trump begins his presidential term without having filled a vast majority of vacancies in his administration. That could be a disaster in the...

Bright side of smart apps

The Internet of Things is one of the gadget industry's brightest hopes in a world that's saturated with smartphones. Sensors are cheap, and digital...
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