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Slowing the Patent Trolls

By ROBIN FELDMANMARCH 28, 2014 NYTimes SAN FRANCISCO — ON Monday the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in perhaps the most important intellectual property case in a decade: Alice v. CLS Bank. Narrowly speaking, the case is a patent dispute over computerized escrow accounts. But more broadly, it offers the court an opportunity […]

Innovation, Optimism and Jobs

Joe Nocera FEB. 14, 2014 NYTimes Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs? Does it exacerbate income inequality? Does it boost economic growth and productivity — without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth? Last month I gave space to a book titled “Who Owns the Future?” by the computer scientist Jaron Lanier. […]

How Millions of People Can Help Solve Climate Change

By Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher and Laur Fisher on Wed, 15 Jan 2014 PBS If there ever was a problem that’s hard to solve, it’s climate change. It’s a complex challenge requiring more expertise than any one person can possess—in-depth knowledge of the physics of the upper atmosphere, a firm grasp on the economics […]

‘Report card’ says US economy is failing | Futurity

Posted by Clifton B. Parker-Stanford on January 20, 2014 Futurity A new report highlights the implications of rising poverty, job loss, and greater inequality in America. The social safety net has performed admirably, but is struggling to meet rising poverty and needs. It gets a mixed grade, while the economy gets an “F” for failing […]

The End of Ownership: Why You Need to Fight America’s Copyright Laws

BY KYLE WIENS01.17.149:30 AM Wired Just the other day, I got a card in the mail for my 30th birthday. When I opened it up, the card started singing “Happy Birthday.” And that little thing — pealing out at the top of its automated lungs — made me laugh. What a strange thing to computerize. […]

Will Digital Networks Ruin Us?

By JOE NOCERA Published: January 6, 2014 NYTimes The most important book I read in 2013 was Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?” Though it was published in May, I came to it late in the year. But this turned out to be fortuitous timing. With unemployment seemingly stalled out at around 7 percent in […]

The Real Reason the Middle Class Is Dead

Salon / By Edward McClelland January 1, 2014 Let me tell you the story of an “unskilled” worker in America who lived better than most of today’s college graduates. In the winter of 1965, Rob Stanley graduated from Chicago Vocational High School, on the city’s Far South Side. Pay rent, his father told him, or […]

Should the Government Pay Everyone a Basic Income?

by STEVEN MAZIE NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 5:18 PM Big Think In 2014, voters in Switzerland will decide whether their country should send a monthly check for $2,800 to every Swiss citizen and legal resident. This idea may never fly in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped advocates of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) from […]

Under My Thumb

By TIMOTHY EGAN Published: November 14, 2013 NYTimes SEATTLE — This is how the middle class dies, not with a bang, but a forced squeeze. After a global corporation posts record profits, it asks the state that has long nurtured its growth for the nation’s biggest single tax break, and then tells the people who […]

How Student Debt Must Affect Career Choices

GREG MCBRIDE Nov 11, 2013 WSJ Blog GREG MCBRIDE: The decision about picking a major is an individual one, and I’ll steer clear of that. However, I do think that potential salary should factor into how much student debt is accumulated. After all, it’s that potential salary that will be needed to pay back the […]