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The Rise of Cloud Computing: Minding Your P’s, Q’s and K’s

November 12, 2018 Bilal 0

The Rise of Cloud Computing: Minding Your P’s, Q’s and K’s https://ift.tt/2qsP3KU The Rise of Cloud Computing: Minding Your P’s, Q’s and K’s NBER Working Paper No. 25188 Issued in October 2018 NBER Program(s):Development of the American Economy, Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Cloud computing—computing done on an off-site network of resources accessed through the Internet—is revolutionizing how computing services are used. However, because cloud is so new and it largely is an intermediate input to other industries, it is difficult to track in the U.S. statistical system. Moreover, there is a paucity of systematic information on […]

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New Technologies, Global Value Chains, and the Developing Economies – Dani Rodrik | Pathways for Prosperity

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

New Technologies, Global Value Chains, and the Developing Economies – Dani Rodrik | Pathways for Prosperity https://ift.tt/2AdQrGV Technology and access to global value chains are seen as two key levers for development for many of the world’s poorest countries. Many developing countries, inspired by the Asian Tigers and looking at the transformative impact of mobile technology in the financial inclusion space are looking to craft policies and invest in development strategies that better connect them to the global economy. This paper suggests that the evidence of global value chains and their impact on development is mixed at best, and that […]

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Is apparel manufacturing coming home?

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

Is apparel manufacturing coming home? https://ift.tt/2Cb5Jh3 Is apparel manufacturing coming home? To meet customers’ needs, apparel companies need to focus on nearshoring, automation, and sustainability. Tomorrow’s successful apparel companies will be those that take the lead to enhance the apparel value chain on two fronts: nearshoring and automation. Both must be addressed, and in a sustainable way. Apparel brands and retailers in Europe and the United States can no longer do business as usual and expect to thrive. Owing to stagnation in Western markets and to the internet, competition is fiercer than ever, and consumer demand is more difficult to […]

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Taxation and innovation in the 20th century

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

Taxation and innovation in the 20th century https://ift.tt/2OvPByo The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act represents one of the most significant structural changes to the US tax system in several decades. In light of this legislation, there is intense debate about the potential impact of taxes on the real economy. Taxes have been shown to influence the behaviour of corporations (Chetty and Saez 2005), high-skilled immigrants (Kleven et al. 2014), superstar inventors (Akcigit et al. 2016, Moretti and Wilson 2017), and aggregate economic activity (Zidar 2018). Understanding how taxation influences innovation is of central importance given recurrent efforts by policymakersto create […]

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World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work https://ift.tt/2KKiPHD The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. Firms adopt new ways of production, markets expand, and societies evolve. Overall, technology brings opportunity, paving the way to create new jobs, increase […]

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A methodology for measuring the collaborative economy

October 16, 2018 Bilal 0

A methodology for measuring the collaborative economy https://ift.tt/2RJJvbh The collaborative economy is statistically elusive. Firstly, there is no commonly accepted definition. Further, the collaborative economy is cross-sectoral and does not fit easily inside official classification schemes, such as the European Nomenclature of Economic Activities (NACE), which are functionally organised.1 Typical economic variables such as revenue and employment are difficult to trace because, in contrast to traditional pipeenterprises, collaborative platforms are able to spread supply across an array of small-scale non-professional providers2 (Figure 1). The earnings of these providers may fall through the net of enterprise surveys and may be under-reported in labour force […]

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The Most Important Books On Artificial Intelligence | The Reading Lists

October 11, 2018 Bilal 0

The Most Important Books On Artificial Intelligence | The Reading Lists https://ift.tt/2OajuUx Why should we be reading books on artificial intelligence? Well, if you’re anything like me, then you’re equally fascinated and terrified by the development of artificial intelligence.  It is an area of study that cannot be ignored. Since 2000, the number of start-ups in the subject area has increased by 1400%, with investment into them increasing sixfold.  Whether you fall into the category of those who are encouraged and excited by the speed of development, or you’re on the half of people who are fearful that it’s developing […]

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Is coding becoming obsolete? (Part II) – Hacker Noon

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

Is coding becoming obsolete? (Part II) – Hacker Noon https://ift.tt/2MCvWH6 We already learned the No-Code Revolution is here to stay (read more about the No-Code Revolution in Part I of Is Coding Becoming Obsolete?). No-Code development is gradually growing, becoming increasingly advanced and attractive to enterprises, small businesses and entrepreneurial individuals. Every day, visual programing platforms enable non-geeks all over the world to build beautiful and functional web applications without writing a single line of code. At the same time, the No-Code revolution is creating new markets for businesses to explore. (Learn how our company, Zeroqode, was built and bootstrapped […]

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The iPhone Franchise

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

The iPhone Franchise https://ift.tt/2p59lJW Apple released a new flagship iPhone yesterday, the iPhone XS. This isn’t exactly ground-breaking news: it is exactly what the company has done for eleven years now (matching the 11-year run of non-iOS iPods, by the way1). To that end, what has always interested me more are new-to-the-world non-flagship models: the iPhone 5C in 2013, the iPhone 8 last year (or was it the iPhone X?), and the iPhone XR yesterday. Each, I think, highlights critical junctions not only in how Apple thinks about the iPhone strategically, but also about how Apple thinks about itself. The […]

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Lasts Longer

September 20, 2018 Bilal 0

Lasts Longer https://ift.tt/2CT26ys I think Lisa Jackson’s presentation at the September 2018 iPhone launch event was perhaps the most interesting and most profound. Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. Previously, Ms. Jackson served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In her role at Apple she has been responsible for the transition to 100% renewable energy use by Apple across all its facilities. This goal has been achieved and it’s a remarkable achievement deserving congratulations. But her presentation was noteworthy for setting a new goal. She laid out a goal for Apple to eliminate […]