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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Tipping Points

How to solve a growing economy and a declining workforce?

On 1 February 2022, the FT reported that "Japan’s population shrank by 630,000 people [in 2021], or one Luxembourg. Between now and 2040, it is forecast to have declined by a further 16mn, or one Cambodia." This news will be our new reality, following decades of doom messages on overpopulation. Labour shortages are already common, while the Covid-19 pandemic is...

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The redundancy of politics (2)

In many countries, the belief system Politics is fighting with other belief systems (eg, Data-Info a.k.a. Big Data, Money, Religion, Science, Technology a.k.a. Big Tech, and the Truth). I think, feel and believe that this fight is similar to its death-struggle. Politics cannot win this fight as it's always divided and never united. If politics would be united...

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Pandemic boosts automation and robotics (FT)

Financial Times title: Pandemic boosts automation and roboticsFT subtitle: Companies turning to technology provide boost to global trade but labour market will feel implicationsBy: Valentina RomeiDate: 20 October 2020"The coronavirus pandemic has devastated many businesses but Claus Risager has never been busier — demand at his Denmark-based company Blue...

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“The dollar is our currency, but it’s your problem” (John Connally, 1971)

In December 1971, then US treasury secretary John Connally stated the following (in)famous words  at a G-10 meeting: “The dollar is our currency, but it’s your problem” (IPE-2007). In 2020, the Chinese government is worried that these 1971 words may haunt them.  A recommended read from the South China Morning Post. ------------- South China Morning...

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Will our post-corona lives be like the 1997 movie Gattaca?

Many people are talking about the 2011 movie Contagion (IMDb), which is about a virus pandemic and finding a cure. In my opinion, the 1997 movie Gattaca (IMDb) is more interesting as it shows how a future society has adapted itself. The international efforts for developing a smartphone app for warning against nearby contaminated people reminded me of Gattaca. The...

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Tipping point for belief systems Data and Technology

Following the coronavirus pandemic, several countries have introduced - or are considering introducing - massive public surveillance through our mobile phones (eg, Bloomberg, BI, Fox, NYT). This recent Science article summarizes it well: "Cellphone tracking could help stem the spread of coronavirus. Is privacy the price?" I think, feel and believe...

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