Messi v the Machines: A look at the RoboCup in Brazil where robots show their football skills and push the boundaries of artificial intelligence. Their goal is to produce a team of robots that is capable of defeating the World Cup champions by 2050
Can the US and Europe avoid a lost economic decade? In this video clip from The Economist’s annual Buttonwood Gathering, Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive of PIMCO, considers ways to halt the continued global recession.
Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University, argues that one of the main causes of the euro zone crisis was that people believed in “the triumph of politics over economics”. Learn why he thinks economics matters in a clip from The Economist’s annual Buttonwood Gathering.
Anyone visiting the Las Vegas area can take a tour of Zappos. The company will even send a shuttle to pick you up from the airport and take you to the headquarters. The same perk is offered to all job candidates. In this clip from The Economist’s Ideas Economy event series, Tony Hsieh, chief executive of Zappos, reports that “It doesn’t matter how well the day of interviews went for a candidate. If the shuttle driver wasn’t treated well, we won’t hire that person”.
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Kiva let you invest small amounts of money to support budding entrepreneurs. In this clip from The Economist’s Ideas Economy event series, Jessica Jackley, chief executive of ProFounder, discusses how crowdfunding not only promotes entrepreneurship, but also connects people around the world.
Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED, argues that we often use words like “innovate” and “trillion” without understanding what they really mean. In this clip from The Economist’s Ideas Economy event series, Mr Wurman explains why knowing a word’s definition is so important.
What if we could take the real-time pulse of the economy by examining high-frequency, instantaneous data? Using search queries, Google is trying to do just this. In a clip from The Economist’s Ideas Economy event series, Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, explains the logic behind “nowcasting”.
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