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Fragile days of revolution

Published 20 February 2017

As a centenary show at the Royal Academy of Art revives British interest in the design output of Russia after 1917, this review of Nina Lobanov‑Rostovsky, Revolutionary ceramics: Soviet porcelain 1917‑1927 (Studio Vista, 1990) highlights the contribution made by potters

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Innovation: then and now

Innovation then – and the challenge now

Published 1 February 2017

In 1965 the debating society at my old school held a parents’ evening in which a debate took place on the motion: ‘The spirit of adventure has been lost’.

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Donald Trump & Trade

The liberal West was protectionist before Trump

Published 31 January 2017

Obama and the EU pursued their own PC-flavoured trade wars before the Donald arrived

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Problem with US economy

Trade, automation and US decline

Published 19 January 2017

Job losses in US manufacturing can’t simply be put down to China or IT

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Robots aren't taking over. Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images.

The robots aren’t taking over

Published 15 January 2017

The idea that IT is surpassing human beings sells us short

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A postcapitalist pseuds’ corner

Published 15 December 2016

Two books prophesying the future show a distinct ignorance about present-day capitalism

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WiFi kettle

No, your home won’t be hacked

Published 31 October 2016

The panic about every household gadget being hit by computer hackers is overdone

On Friday 21 October an unprecedented cyber-attack hit many important websites, including Twitter, eBay and the New York Times.

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Future of work

Automation anxiety and the future of work

Published 14 October 2016

Until fairly recently, most of the literature on the future of work was all too familiar: mobile working, working from home, hot-desking, teams, fun interiors to stimulate creativity, etc.

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