Fourth Industrial Revolution

Brain-sensing tech, an ageing world, and other must-read stories of the week

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Adrian Monck
Managing Director, World Economic Forum Geneva
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The war on terror hasn’t made us safer. Strengthening cities is a better way to increase security.

The elderly will soon outnumber children. It’s time to get ready for an ageing world.

 Global ageing in a nutshell
Image: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research

Is China making its planned economic transition? Six charts tell the story.

Inequality isn’t all globalization’s fault. Data shows that domestic policies are just as important.

How 9/11 changed the US. Seven foreign policy experts share their thoughts.

The world has had over 2,000 nuclear tests. The damage is lasting.

America’s once-in-a-generation opportunity. The right reforms could rebalance the country’s growth model.

Inequality in America is worse than in Europe. Why do American economists study it so rarely?

The origin of secular stagnation. A shift in sentiment may be responsible.

Technology can read your thoughts at 12 words a minute. Brain-sensing technology is here.

Robots replace workers on dairy farms. The impact is both economic and societal.

The lessons of 9/11. Reflections from Forum executive chairman Klaus Schwab, who was in New York that day. (Fortune)

Big data’s hidden dangers. Some anarchy is good, says the head of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future Cities. (Straits Times)

Boston partners with the Forum to bring self-driving cars to the city. (Washington Post)

Is blockchain just hype? It’s a debate, but a Forum survey says the technology is for real. (Financial Times)

Cloud computing could boost Kenya’s accounting sector. The Global Competitiveness Report rates Kenya highly in financial services. (

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