Must-read stories from this week

1. Five ways success will change by 2020. Technology hasn’t just disrupted business, it has disrupted how we define a meaningful life.

2. What are mega-regional trade dealsAnd why do they matter? Read our Global Agenda Council report on what’s at stake.

3. The second machine age is changing Hollywood. And Transformers 4, the latest in the metallic movie franchise, has lots to teach us about the economic impact of robots.

4. The future is not full-timesays Google’s Larry Page. He just might have been reading Keynes.

The Competitiveness World Cup winners...but on the pitch?

The Competitiveness World Cup winners…but on the pitch?

5. How did Germany get to the 2014 World Cup finals? It spent 14 years training young people. And maybe German ingenuity can save the eurozone.

6. Win or lose in Brazil, the battle continues over Argentina’s debt. What the legal showdown in the US means for markets around the world.

7. “Climate change is nonsense.” An alarming number of people cling to this view, despite all the evidence. How to convince them?

8. Is Mexico really the world’s happiest country? The frown-inducing task of figuring out how to square well-being with GDP.

9. Taylor Swift made news writing for the Wall Street Journal. But then her original ambition was to be a financial adviser, not a pop star.

10. Talks begin on a US $1tn green goods trade deal. The initiative for negotiations began in Davos this January. (FTXinhua)

11. Improving India’s infrastructure a massive challenge. After two decades, Mumbai’s second airport is still a swamp and project bidding has yet to start. Forum research illustrates the size of the country’s problems. (BusinessWeek)

12. A 17-year-old article contains a warning about the Euro. Telegraph columnist Jeremy Warner rediscovers a “prescient” report from Davos in the 1990s with relevance to today’s Eurozone debates. (Telegraph)

13. CEO health and wearable technology. In Davos, earlier this year, wearable tech was everywhere – will shareholders judge a company’s performance by the CEO’s pulse or its share price? (FT)

14. A weaker Euro will not solve France’s problems. There are broader competitiveness issues at stake, as Forum research demonstrates. (Yahoo)

15. NASA is sending smartphones into space. And they’re not for astronauts.

16. The first conscious computers will work in finance. Will our robot future deliver massive inequality or revolutionary empowerment?

17. The new decentralized world order.

Author: Adrian Monck is Managing Director of Public Engagement at the World Economic Forum, and Professor of Journalism at City University London.

 Image: The € sign through a rainy Frankfurt window. REUTERS/Alex Domanski