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Essays on “Conflict and Cooperation”

The Robot Apocalypse
By Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics. She will open the European Forum Alpbach with an opening speech on August 16, 2017 .

Barely a day goes by without a news story, research study or business report declaring that the robot apocalypse is imminent. This is a rare moment where academics, entrepreneurs, journalists and politicians are united in fear, wonder and expectation. Read more …

Real spaces, not digital ones, will fix our politics
By Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Programme Director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship; MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Opening speaker of the Alpbach Economic Symposium on August 29, 2017.

Polarisation and political fragmentation are increasing across the world. On both sides, extreme views are increasingly popular. Read more …

A new Planetary Stewardship
By Philippe Narval, Managing Director of the European Forum Alpbach

We had made such a cosy home for ourselves in the market society that promised us, over the decades, that each generation would be materially better off than its predecessor. Read more …