Issue 18 – June 2021

Issue Theme Articles

Misogyny’s new clothes

Patricia Gestoso argues that gender discrimination in the interests of men is baked into artificial intelligence by design. In discussions around gender bias in artificial intelligence (AI), there is little

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Another small step

Bronwyn Howell explains why humans might remain at the top of the chain of command. Crypto-currencies, and the blockchain technology that underpins them, are widely-cited as game-changers in technology, fiercely

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No shortage of profit

Semiconductor firms cash in with a collective old block on chips. Chris Mouré explains. Over the past year, looking into the business of semiconductors, I examined the historical relationships between

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Space exploration

Data on land is vital but largely unavailable to organisations in the social economy, says Kate Swade. The UK social sector economy comprises myriad charities, social enterprises, cooperatives and grassroots

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Lose change 

There’s a digital revolution in money on the way. Barry James reports. A major new disruption to global monetary systems, perhaps the greatest yet, is moving in fast from left

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Motherboard matters

Patricia Gestoso charts women’s battle for fair access to leadership positions in technology. I’ve now been working for over 15 years as a Head of Services in the tech industry.

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Zoom: the bigger picture

Should out of office be permanently on and other post-lockdown questions? Nick Skelton explains why digital isn’t the only pointer for the future. I’m an IT person by background but

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Other Articles

Cross or nought

The world’s challenges are inter-disciplinary. Research for their solutions needs to be the same, argues Keith Harrison-Broninski. Shortly after my book, Human Interactions, was published in 2004, I met with

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Don’t count on it

Jonathan Aldred explains how there is more to equations than numbers when it comes to Covid policy. According to Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, when the pandemic hit

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Big guy for the little guy

Tim Cowen is a campaigning barrister representing small businesses against the dominant players in digital. The Mint heard from him about the new international coordination of anti-trust action against the

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Tribes and tribulations

Feted author, journalist and anthropologist, Gillian Tett has a new book: Anthro Vision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business and Life. She told The Mint what Anthro Vision was and how

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Lone interest

Loneliness is not a standard subject for economists. So The Mint was intrigued to talk to Noreena Hertz about her new book, The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect. Noreena

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Brake the bank

The Coppola Column How governments could weaponise digital banking against “undesirables.” And how to prevent it. In the past 50 years, financial services have changed beyond all recognition. Not just

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Blade runner 2021

Imaginary friends get real. Things are very exciting in our retirement complex. I had never imagined when Thomas and I moved into this apartment four years ago that we would

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