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Drones Proving a Lifeline in Rwanda

December 15, 2017

Zipline drone on a launch pad at operations center in Muhanda, Rwanda. (photo:JAMES AKENA/REUTERS/Newscom

There are many layers to development. Sometimes there’s a need where the solution is not at all obvious. But other times it’s simply about connecting the dots- when the solution is available but out of reach due to the lack of infrastructure like roads, power lines or telephone wires. Technology is helping connect those dots more than ever before, and the phenomenon has come to be known as leapfrogging. In this podcast, we hear from the people behind Zipline, a start-up that uses drones to make emergency blood deliveries to remote clinics in Rwanda.

Keller Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of Zipline, and Matthew Steckman, Chief Revenue Officer.

Diane Coyle on the Shortcomings of GDP

December 8, 2017

Economist Diane Coyle speaking at the IMF Statistical forum on Measuring the Digital Economy . (IMF photo)

Gross domestic product, or GDP, is the one statistic that almost everyone knows is used to measure economic growth. But in this podcast, economist Diane Coyle suggests GDP may be a poor measure of prosperity. With all the technological advances in recent years one would expect that economies have become more productive. But when measured in GDP the numbers show the opposite is true. Coyle refers to this phenomenon as the productivity puzzle, and says the mismeasurement of digital activities within the economy has a lot to do with it. Coyle is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, and spoke at the IMF Statistical forum on Measuring the Digital Economy.

Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, and author of GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History

Nicholas Stern on Reducing Carbon Emissions: Let’s Get On With It

December 1, 2017

Nicholas Stern at Per Jacobsson Foundation seminar on climate change during IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings (IMF photo).

2 years after 195 countries came together under the Paris Agreement to combat the effects of climate change, leading climate economist Nicholas Stern remains cautiously optimistic. In his landmark report on the impact of climate change published in 2006, Stern warned that the cost of inaction would be far greater for future generations than the costs of actions taken to reduce carbon emissions. In this podcast, Stern says while the world “passed the test” when signing the Paris Agreement, he worries that policy makers will not act quickly enough. Stern joined a panel discussion on the economic and financial issues related to climate change at the IMF World-Bank Annual meetings.

Nicholas Stern, Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics, and Chairman of its Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Blockchain’s Peter Smith: The Promise of Virtual Currency Systems

November 27, 2017

Peter Smith, CEO and co-founder of Blockchain, speaking at IMF Statistical Forum (IMF photo).

Blockchain technology is a shared, public ledger of transactions that everyone can inspect but not subject to any form of central control. And while it offers potential for a variety of applications, its most famous is providing the platform for virtual currencies like bitcoin. Peter Smith is co-founder and CEO of Blockchain, and in this podcast, he talks about the evolution of crypto currency financial systems and what it could mean for big data analytics. Smith was the keynote speaker at the IMF’s Fifth Statistical forum on Measuring the Digital Economy.

Peter Smith

, co-founder and CEO of Blockchain.

Freelancers Union’s Sara Horowitz on Changing Nature of Work

November 21, 2017

Sara Horowitz speaking at New Economy and the Future of Work seminar during IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings. (IMF photo)

For much of the past century the 9 to 5 job with benefits at a firm was what most people associated with financial stability. But as technology reshapes the labor market, more people are branching out on their own. A new report by Freelancers Union says freelancers will be the majority of the US workforce within 10 years if the current trend continues. In this podcast, Sara Horowitz, Executive Director of Freelancers Union, says freelancers are adapting to the changing nature of work.

Sara Horowitz, founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union

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