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Life is getting ever more volatile – or is it?

We live in an age of unrelenting change. That, at least, is what we are told by a consulting industry that thrives on a gospel of disruption, and journalists who overgeneralise from the earthquake in their own profession.

Anecdotal evidence of volatility is easy to find: the financial crisis; the cultural dominance of inventions such as Facebook (barely a teenager) and the iPhone (younger still); the rise of fringe political parties and a maverick president.

But the statistical evidence for disruption is less compelling. The most straightforward evidence of that is low productivity growth in many advanced economies. If the pace of change is really so frenetic, how come we don’t see it in the productivity statistics?

More here – Tim Harford

2015 – The Year In Money

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More here – Bloomberg

Chris Hadfield On The Future Of Manned Space Exploration

I caught up with this one on the way back from the airport this morning. Well worth the 37 minutes just to listen to someone who has been there and done that in a big way.

Click the player image to be taken to the podcast –

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Google Glass

If the technology is as seemless as the video makes out then I might have found myself a Christmas present, particularly if my current reading glasses can be replaced.

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