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Economist executive editor Daniel Franklin and expert in the ethics of information Professor Luciano Floridi look at where fast-moving technology will have taken us by 2050 and discuss the new ethical policies we will need to deal with its impact. How will we be affected by this new world in which brain-computer interfaces, vat-grown cruelty-free meat, knitted cars and guided bullets are all predicted. It is a world that will see vast changes in food production, healthcare, energy production, manufacturing and military balance and one that will have a profound impact on the way we live and work. Franklin edits the Economist's annual publication The World in... and is editor of a collection of essays Megatech: Technology in 2050. Floridi is a professor of philosophy and ethics of information at the Oxford Internet Institute. He was a contributor to Megatech: Technology in 2050.Read More
Former Economist editor-in-chief Bill Emmott says the liberal democracies of the West are in decline and explains how they must change in order to recover and thrive. Emmott says states are reacting to global insecurity and economic uncertainty by closing borders, hoarding wealth and solidifying power. Examples are seen across the western world including this year in the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. Emmott argues that insularity and inequality of wealth distribution are a threat to western democracies and that the West needs to be porous, open and flexible to survive. The power of special interest groups, such as bankers, needs to be swept aside, he says. Emmott was editor-in-chief of the Economist between 1993 and 2006. His books include 20:21 Vision: 20th-Century lessons for the 21st Century and Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade. Here he talks to FT business editor and associate editor Sarah Gordon.Read More
Our systems are failing. Old models - for education, healthcare, government, food production, energy supply - are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world's population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. From Brazilian favelas and rural India to one of the toughest housing estates in Britain, acclaimed writer and futurist Mark Stevenson set out to find remarkable innovators who are pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable and democratise access to resources and knowledge. He explains how patients are helping each other find the best treatments by using the medical equivalent of a dating website; how rural farmers are exceeding the yields of the Green Revolution with techniques inspired by a Jesuit priest; how a community has made itself completely independent from the big energy suppliers by turning bark that used to just rot on the forest floor into electricity; and how urban farming and a community-run food system has turned a city on the brink of collapse into a food capital. He paints an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world's most pressing dilemmas and offers a much-needed dose of down-to-earth optimism.Read More
The West has long been a font of stability and prosperity, but global instability and economic uncertainty has tempted states to close borders, hoard wealth, and solidify power. What changes should the West make, be it reinventing welfare systems or redefining the working age, to revive itself now and thrive in a bright future. Two leading commentators explore the implications of Brexit and the withdrawal from globalisation in a fascinating conversation. Bill Emmott is the former editor-in-chief of the Economist, author of The Fate of The West and leading consultant on international affairs. Robert Tombs is Professor of History at Cambridge University. He is author of That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present, and The English and Their History. He is one of the leading scholars of Anglo-French relations.Read More
Andrew Martin on Night Trains at Campden LitFsetRead More
Annie Gray launches The Greedy Queen at Topping and Company ElyRead More
The Victorians' private compartments, rugs and foot warmers may have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but parts of Britain's railway system remain the oldest in the world. Referring to his lauded book, The Railways, Simon reveals a tale of technological achievement, of shifting social classes, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work - showing us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time.Read More

Watch Raja Shehadeh, Palestinian human rights lawyer and author, give his Centenary Lecture at SAOS

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Learn more about Stoicism's power to help with everyday life by reading an extract from The Daily Stoic, the latest book from Ryan Holiday.Read More

Watch Annie Gray, author of The Greedy Queen, in brilliant new BBC show Royal Recipes

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What will the world look like in 2050 - and how will technology play a part? Read the introduction to Megatech: Technology in 2050 here.Read More

Watch David Harvey, world-renowned scholar on Marxist political thought and author of Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism and The Ways of the World, discuss the future of the USA with writer and academic Evgeny Morozov as part of the Barcelona Initiative on Technological Sovereignty.

In a world in which Donald Trump is President of the United States and the UK is heading towards Brexit, what does this say about the future of neoliberalism -- and what happens now?

You can get David Harvey's latest collection of writings, The Ways of the World, here brand-new in paperback from 19 January.

Watch Mark Stevenson, author of We Do Things Differently: The Outsiders Rebooting Our World, discuss the future of work with the Escape the City programme.

One of the big problems is actually raising yourself out of that box that you're in -- that you've been put in, perhaps unknowingly -- and going 'What is the big picture? What do I care about? What are the questions that I need to be asking about the future of society?

You can learn more and buy Mark's latest book here.

Futurist Mark Stevenson takes us on a tour of the incredible things that are happening in the world of innovation, from Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England's home counties. Read an extract

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Watch Alan Bennett read extracts - some hilarious, some touching, some bizarre - from his new collection of diaries, Keeping On Keeping On.Read More

The Costa Book Awards shortlists are out and we're thrilled that Francesca Simon's The Monstrous Child is nominated in the children's category

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Alan Bennett's Diaries, a new documentary about the author, was broadcast in cinemas with a live Q&A from Alan's local library in Primrose Hill - catch up with the action hereRead More

Editorial and rights assistant Louisa Dunnigan gives us an insight into Bernie Sanders' Our Revolution, which calls on readers to 'mobilise, educate and fight back at every instance'.

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