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artificial intelligence | Apr 17th, 2018

AI is the Business Opportunity of a Lifetime. Economist Ajay Agrawal’s Prediction Machines is a Guide for How to Harness It.

Ajay Agrawal is the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, home to the greatest concentration of Artificial Intelligence start-ups on the planet. His highly anticipated book Prediction Machines (out today) explains why AI is actually a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and how businesses—of any... Continue Reading →
global economy | Apr 11th, 2018

Young Black Men Are the Least Likely of Any Group to Escape Poverty According to a New Study by Renowned Economist Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is one of the world’s leading economists and his efforts to level the economic playing field in the U.S. have earned him a MacArthur “Genius” grant and the John Bates Clark Medal for the best American economist under 40. His latest research, a sobering analysis of census data on 20... Continue Reading →
rick mercer | Apr 10th, 2018

After 15 Years of Rants (and Raves), Rick Mercer Prepares His Final Report

On the morning of the eve of his final show, beloved reporter and satirist Rick Mercer joined host Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning to explain that he had “decided it was time to do other things.” Age, he said with a chuckle, is getting in the way of his desire to scale buildings and jump out... Continue Reading →
ted | Apr 9th, 2018

Lavin Speakers Steven Pinker and Benedetta Berti at TED2018: The Age of Amazement and Beyond

Every year in Vancouver, a selection of Lavin speakers take to the stage at the always sold-out TED conference. This year is no different, as psychologist Steven Pinker and international policy analyst Benedetta Berti bring their expertise to this year’s theme: The Age of Amazement.   Steven... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | Apr 8th, 2018

“The First Book to Explain the Economics of Artificial Intelligence”: Advance Praise for Prediction Machines by Speaker Ajay Agrawal

“This may be the best book yet on what may be the best technology that has come along.” Lawrence H. Summers, former US treasury secretary on Ajay Agrawal’s highly anticipated book Prediction Machines—a crystal clear, realistic assessment of how AI will actually affect the economy. No hype, no... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 4th, 2018

At the Intersection of Art and Science: 3 Speakers Show Us New Ways of Seeing the World

Art and science have long enjoyed a fruitful partnership (da Vinci, anyone?) and Lavin’s speakers are no exception to the rule. In light of the release of physicist and writer Alan Lightman’s latest novel, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, we rounded up three of our speakers whose work... Continue Reading →
risk management | Mar 29th, 2018

Is Your Company or Project Headed for a Meltdown? Take the Quiz! (And Read the Critically Acclaimed New Book)

Meltdown: How Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It—ANDRÁS TILCSIK and CHRIS CLEARFIELD’s groundbreaking new book on the nature of modern meltdowns and how they can be avoided—has already been named one the Financial Times best business books, one of Indigo’s hottest new reads, and has... Continue Reading →
social change | Mar 26th, 2018

What Can We Learn From the Young Changemakers Marching for Their Lives Right Now?

Young changemakers are fed up, furious and fighting for real reform—and for the first time in decades it might actually happen. How have young people been able to make headway where so many others have failed? Jessica Kriegel, Karim Abouelnaga and Vanessa Grigoriadis speak on the singular power of... Continue Reading →
climate science | Mar 23rd, 2018

In Light of #EarthHour2018: Speakers Laurie Garrett and Jared Diamond on Creating a Sustainable Future for Our Planet

Every year on March 24th, the World Wildlife Federation spearheads Earth Hour, a symbolic hour in which we don’t use any electricity in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home. Lavin’s Climate Science speakers, Laurie Garrett and Jared Diamond present hard questions: How have... Continue Reading →
cybersecurity | Mar 22nd, 2018

Wired Magazine’s Nicholas Thompson is the Leading Authority on the Facebook Data Breach and What it Means for Private Citizens

Last month, Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson wrote a gripping and comprehensive cover story about Facebook’s tumultuous last two years: suppressing conservative media, disseminating “fake news,” and failing to grasp the power of the platform. Now largely considered one of the leading... Continue Reading →
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