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A smattering of disparate developments that have the potential to change the world we live in.
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Algorithm outperforms radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia

Algorithm outperforms radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
In just over a month of development, their algorithm outperformed expert radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia.
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The application of AI in medicine just got a lot closer.

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Donald Trump pulls US out of UN global compact on migration

Donald Trump pulls US out of UN global compact on migration | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
On eve of international conference, US envoy says plan for more humane strategy is incompatible with US sovereignty
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Yet another of Trump's xenophobic moves to isolate and insulate America from the global forces of change, such as how to handle migration in the 21st Century.

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Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital - Consortium News

Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital - Consortium News | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Consortium News Piketty's Exploration of Modern Capital Consortium News It is a far-flung database spreading as far away as India and Indonesia, since Piketty was not just interested in mature, post-industrial economies; he also wanted to examine...
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Great summary of a great work: Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty. If you can't make your way through the whole tome, at least read this precis to understand why this book has ignited such heated debate between left and right wing ideologues. 

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The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? - The Guardian

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society? - The Guardian | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?
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To get a better sense of the impact of technology on our labour market we don't need to rely entirely on frothy speculation about the future.
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Implications of robot technology on wealth, sharing of resources is a fascinating read. 

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Development of New U.S. Weapons Technology Could Have 'Apocalyptic ... - The Moscow Times

Development of New U.S. Weapons Technology Could Have 'Apocalyptic ... - The Moscow Times | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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Development of New U.S. Weapons Technology Could Have 'Apocalyptic ...
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Sign of the times in Moscow: the Moscow Times quotes Russian Deputy Foreign Minister worried about new US "hypersoic missiles". 

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Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect 'Galapagos of North America'

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect 'Galapagos of North America' | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago
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Mexican Govt creates spectacular new ocean preserve to protect area near Baja from any development

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J. Walter Thompson's Future 100 Report Shows Rise in Asia-driven Global Trends

J. Walter Thompson's Future 100 Report Shows Rise in Asia-driven Global Trends | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
J. Walter Thompson's Innovation Group's fourth annual Future 100 report shows a spike in Asia-driven trends.
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Broadly sourced, provocative and thought provoking overview of 100 trends to watch for 2018. 

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Human cause of global warming is near certainty, UN reports

Human cause of global warming is near certainty, UN reports | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Global warming is unequivocal, human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, already at levels not seen in at least 800,000 years, will persist for many centuries, the...
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Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014? - The Atlantic

Will the World Grow More Authoritarian in 2014? - The Atlantic | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
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Freedom House reported a worldwide decline in Internet freedom, noting, amid Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S.
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Percentage of free (45%) versus partly free (30%) and not free (25%) countries in the world remained static in last few years. 

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Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions - RenewEconomy

Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions - RenewEconomy | International trendspotting | Scoop.it
Decarbonising energy is only way to reach global growth ambitions RenewEconomy As a recent report from McKinsey on resource productivity has highlighted, future growth will require substantial increases in the efficiency with which capital, energy...
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Next "New Deal" to stimulate growth could be to "de-carbonise" energy. 

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