Weekend Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations (September 25, 2020)
Shoebox Satellites and Pocket Computers; What Will the World Look Like in 2030?; Amazon's $2 billion venture fund to combat climate change; How Traders Use Google Searches to See the Economic Recovery
Read: OECD White Paper on “Beyond Growth”: The report sets out the multiple challenges now facing almost all economies and proposes a new set of overarching policy goals: environmental sustainability, a reduction in inequalities, improved wellbeing, and system resilience.
Read: The Climate Case Against Decoupling: Severing U.S.-Chinese Links Would Make It Impossible to Save the Environment [From Foreign Affairs]
Read: The End of the University: The pandemic should force America to remake higher education. [From the New Republic]
Listen: Shoebox Satellites and Pocket Computers: The Future of the Farm
Listen: Amazon last week announced the first companies to receive money from a $2 billion venture capital fund it formed to help combat climate change. An analysis by Axios on how Amazon hopes the fund will help it achieve its own goals of getting carbon neutral by 2040, and if it's more substance than spin.
Listen: How Traders Use Google Searches to See the Economic Recovery in Real-Time: How thousands of different categories of Google Search queries show instantly when the recovery started to happen and what sectors of the economy were leading the way.
Watch: Robotics and the Digital Transformation of Japan: Quietly, some Japanese firms are building top-of-the-class competencies in edge computing and digital manufacturing that will form the basis of the so-called “industry 4.0”, as well as the infrastructure requirements of the “internet-of-things”.