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What really goes on inside the City of London?

Outsiders feel confused by the City of London. They are right to: it’s complicated, because when we refer to the City with a capital C, there are two different, overlapping entities involved.<p>The first is the City in the sense of London’s financial centre. This used to be a coherent geographical …

England

Technology, infrastructure or people: What makes a city smart

The Centre’s ambitious scheme to develop 100 urban centres as smart cities kicked off on Thursday with the government announcing the names of the …

Smart Cities

We're back from Iran. Here's what most surprised us.

Iran has been shut off for most people in America for 37 years, so us first-timers were visiting a place we knew about only through the headlines, and had to be totally open to having our perceptions changed. And they were.<p>Since we're just back with these fresh thoughts, we wanted to run down the …

Manufacturing and housing are the yin and yang of the U.S. economy

Housing’s as hot as it’s been since, well, the last time it got so hot it ended up crashing the economy. Manufacturing, by contrast, is a mess, with …

'The Great Reset': Venture capitalists and startups have shifted from greed to fear

Investors have already labeled this period "The Great Reset." Why?<p>There wasn't a single IPO in January for the first time since September 2011.<br>• As the public market has slashed the value of tech companies like LinkedIn and Tableau almost in half, their private counterparts look oversize.<br>• The industry …

Venture Capital

Robots will take over most jobs within 30 years, experts warn

The rise of robots could lead to unemployment rates greater than 50 per cent, according to Professor Moshe Vardi<p>Robots will have taken over most jobs within 30 years leaving humanity facing its 'biggest challenge ever' to find meaning in life when work is no longer necessary, according to …

The Future

The Hidden, Universal Rule That Helps Govern The Way Businesses Grow In A City

To most people, cities are just a place to live and work. To others, they are a treasure trove of remarkable data. One person firmly in the latter camp is <b>Prof Geoffrey West</b>, from the Santa Fe Institute. I’m waiting for him in a busy west London café, so that we can talk about his latest paper, …

Smart Cities

This Isn't The Beginning Of Another Financial Crisis

The stunning fall in share prices has raised the question whether we are seeing the beginning of another financial crisis. The answer is no.<p>The 2008 financial crisis was <i>sui generis,</i> caused by the collapse of an unprecedented bubble in the value of one major financial asset—residential mortgages. …

Stock Markets

Three ways to jump-start job growth

The economy is off to a rocky start in 2016. Investors and analysts are unhappy. But while many analysts focus on jittery stock markets and bad news …

Employment

Developers are thinking inside the cargo box

Slinging fresh juices and smoothies at two shops in Los Angeles, the owners of the Juice were initially skeptical when approached with an unusual proposition for a new location: an Arts District pop-up housed in a shipping container.<p>Elizabeth Halpern and her business partner, Melissa Cronkhite, …

DevOps

The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs

The World Economic Forum (WEF) published an analysis today on the technological and sociological drivers of employment.<p>The report, titled The Future of Jobs, validates the accelerating impact of technology on global employment trends, and also highlights serious concerns that job growth in certain …

3tags.org

Will Robots Save The Future Of Work?

Is a robot coming for your job?<p>It’s not a novel question, but if Gartner’s predictions are correct, the answer could be leaning more definitively toward yes. The analyst firm’s research suggests one in three jobs will be converted to software, robots and smart machines by 2025.<p>What is new, however, …

Try It Now

A falling dollar is like a pay cut.<p>Just what you need in the slow-to-no-growth economy, right? More chipping away at your financial stability at a time when the stock markets are awful, returns on savings are pitiful, oil prices keep falling and there’s little good news in the job market.<p>Our …

The Commodity Bust: Those Who Don't Know Economics Are Doomed To Repeat History

Energy experts like myself have long sighed to hear the various explanations for oil price collapses, including manipulation by commodity traders, geopolitical warfare (Reagan tells Saudis to crash oil prices to defeat the Soviet Union, Saudis punish Iranians with lower oil prices, etc.), OPEC’s …

Oil

US cities that will pay you to live there

A city will pay me to live there? How is that possible, you may ask. Well, it's true. There are cities in the U.S. that will actually pay you to live there. Might they always be your first choice for where you would live? Maybe, and maybe not. But getting paid to move and live in a community, if …

AOL

DENT: The stock market will start to crash by February, if not sooner

We recently learned that existing home sales in November crashed 10.5% from the month before.<p>Guess when the last time was when we saw these levels? The housing crisis of the mid- to late-2000s!<p>I also recently shared a chart showing a cataclysmic 82% drop in the ratio of new home sales to the U.S. …

Stock Markets

Chinese manufacturing shrinks for fifth consecutive month

The sluggish figures suggest the government will have to do more to support the economy in 2016<p>China looked set for a soggy start to 2016 after activity in the manufacturing sector contracted for a fifth straight month in December, suggesting the government may have to step up policy support to …

Economy

The Fed isn't tightening too early, it's tightening too late

How solid is it, we wondered?<p>Specifically, and in the spirit of runaway humility, we want to look at where we might be wrong.<p>It is almost surely true that debt has increased far faster than economic output over the last half-century… and that the post-1971 fiat money system has made this massive …

10 economic questions for 2016

There are always some international economic issues, especially with Europe, China and other areas of the world struggling. However, my focus is on the US economy, with an emphasis on housing.<p>Here are my ten questions for 2016. <b>I'll follow up with some thoughts on each of these questions</b>.<p>1) <b>Economic</b> …

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it's identified the major trends of the next 10.<p>In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world a decade from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other …

Geopolitics

An architect wants to turn New York's busiest avenue into an enormous park

If the Perkins Eastman Architects plan goes through, Broadway would transform into a street exclusively for pedestrians. The proposed park would be one of the largest urban redesigns in the city's history.<p>"The center spine of Manhattan is not a vehicle destination any longer," the firm's principal …

How much marijuana can I have and still be safe to drive?

<i>I don't regularly smoke weed, but I'll probably smoke casually when it gets legalized. How much marijuana can I have and be safe to drive? – Bryce, Toronto</i><p>The evidence is still hazy on how much 420 is safe before you hit the 401, experts say.<p>"The big variable is the THC content – it can range from …

Cannabis

This AI expert says that a robot economy will force us to give people unconditional free money

At least, that's what data scientist and artificial intelligence expert Jeremy Howard believes.<p>According to Howard, <b>the pool of displaced workers will just keep growing exponentially, and the solution is to level the playing field.</b><p>Howard delivered this argument in a recent panel discussion held at …

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025

Just as ATMs changed banking and computers took over the home and workplace, robots and artificial intelligence are going to transform a bunch of industries over the next decade.<p>By 2025, a machine may be putting together your driverless car in a factory with no human oversight. A robot maid could …

Entrepreneurial Startup Advice You MUST Remember

Launching a startup is a unique experience for everyone. There’s no one right way to do it. But there are some tips and common mistakes that can give …

An insight into futurist thinking

We kicked off our Open Client Workshop series with a deep dive into futurist thinking. Facilitating the day was expert futurist and founder of …

Education is broken — but this entrepreneur has a stunningly simple idea to fix it

Salman Khan, also a founder of the free education resource Khan Academy, says we force students to move ahead when they aren't ready.<p>But he has a solution.<p>"We shouldn't drag everyone around at the same pace," Khan told the audience. Instead, he says, we should take inspiration from martial arts …

Education

5 Tips for Keeping Your Day Job While Launching Your Own Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In an ideal world, you have at least a year’s salary saved up and you can quit your day job in order to focus 100 percent on your entrepreneurial venture. Unfortunately, that’s just not feasible for many entrepreneurs who end up being …