Emerging Technologies

Top weekend reads on Agenda: Luddites, art-tech, changing trade patterns, and more

Weekend reads from the World Economic Forum on Agenda. Image: Photo by Pat Whelen on Unsplash

Gayle Markovitz
Acting Head, Written and Audio Content, World Economic Forum
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  • This weekly roundup brings you top reads for the weekend from Agenda.
  • Top data point for reflection: Women spend 25% more of their lives in debilitating health.
  • And a question to ponder: “Were the Luddites right?”.

Take a breath with this new weekly series that goes beyond the headline noise to curate thoughtful expert takes and one-of-a-kind features that put the world's biggest changes into fresh context.

The Take
The Luddites and building digital trust

‘The (19th Century) Luddites weren’t protesting technology – they were protesting the decisions powerful people were making about technology that threatened to rob them of their careers, violate their rights, and cast them into poverty.’ Sound familiar?

To understand what ‘digital trust’ could actually look like, read the report: Digital Trust: Supporting Individual Agency.

The Shift
China and global trade trends

The story behind China’s rise to becoming the world’s biggest auto exporter - and what that teaches us about trade patterns. Spoiler alert: the patterns don’t follow straight lines as illustrated by Strategic Intelligence’s new trade-based maps series.

And for more on the global economy and ‘expecting the unexpected’, hear from the IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva on this episode of Meet the Leader.

The Stat
A persistent health gap for women

Women spend 25% more of their lives in debilitating health, yet in 2020, only 1% of healthcare research and innovation was invested in female-specific conditions beyond oncology. The gap is particularly persistent for four conditions: heart attack, endometriosis, autism and autoimmune conditions. This feature explains why, and what we can do about it.

The Opportunity
How 'art-tech' unleashes environmental innovation

From digital trust to digital creativity, art and technology combine to issue a powerful message on climate change: ‘Reimagining what we know as real or as a solid ground pushes our opinions and understandings of nature to the limits.’

For more on transformational technology and what’s next for AI, hear from three AI pioneers in this episode of Radio Davos.

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