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Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing

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Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Z├╝rich.

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  1. Death by Algorithm?
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    Death by Algorithm?

    Nov 26, 2020 Dirk Helbing & Peter Seele argue that increased resilience, not artificial intelligence, is humanity's best defense against crises.

  2. The False Promise of Digital ID
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    The False Promise of Digital ID

    Sep 2, 2020 Dirk Helbing & Peter Seele show why Big Data and AI are no panacea for the COVID-19 pandemic, and why a less risky approach is better.

  3. Engineering a More Responsible Digital Future
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    Engineering a More Responsible Digital Future

    Mar 15, 2018 Dirk Helbing says more ethical technology is essential to prevent the digital revolution from enslaving us.

  4. The Hidden Danger of Big Data
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    The Hidden Danger of Big Data

    Aug 16, 2016 Carlo Ratti & Dirk Helbing warn against optimizing society for total efficiency, at the expense of chance discoveries.

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    Hell in the Holy Land

    Carl Bildt fears that the stage is set for another major violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
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    The Fed Must Not Flinch

    Michael R. Strain urges the US central bank to continue raising interest rates, despite signs of financial-sector fragility.
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    Reimagining Development

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that grassroots engagement and social enterprise are crucial to achieving countries' aspirations.
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    What the World Bank Can Do About Climate Change

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg explains how the institution can maximize its contribution to the global net-zero agenda.
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    Richard Haass on Russia, Taiwan, and US democracy

    Richard Haass explains what caused the Ukraine war, urges the West to scrutinize its economic dependence on China, proposes ways to reverse the dangerous deterioration of democracy in America, and more.
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    Price Stability vs. Financial Stability?

    Willem H. Buiter

    If the US Federal Reserve raises its policy interest rate by as much as is necessary to rein in inflation, it will most likely further depress the market value of the long-duration securities parked on many banks' balance sheets. So be it.

    thinks central banks can achieve both, despite the occurrence of a liquidity crisis amid high inflation.
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    Fifty Years of Floating Currencies

    Jeffrey Frankel

    The half-century since the official demise of the Bretton Woods system of fixed exchange rates has shown the benefits of what replaced it. While some may feel nostalgic for the postwar monetary system, its collapse was inevitable, and what looked like failure has given rise to a remarkably resilient regime.

    explains why the shift toward exchange-rate flexibility after 1973 was not a policy failure, as many believed.
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    What Do America’s Spies Really Think About China?

    Kent Harrington thinks the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment should have delved deeper on the issue.
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    Waking Up to the World’s Water Crisis

    Quentin Grafton, et al. see three overarching priorities for the first global water conference in almost a half-century.

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