Monthly Archives: May 2012

Is Automation the Handmaiden of Inequality?

In Technology Review, Christopher Mims asks if the increasing automation of US industry has contributed to growing inequality, by bringing its gains to factory owners rather than workers. Here’s how I would interpret the odd coincidence of these two trends: … Continue reading

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One gene helped human brains become complex

Two extra copies of the SRGAP2 gene appear to have led to slower human brain development, but denser interconnection between neurons, possibly contributing to our current cognitive abilities. (Total brain interconnectivity correlates moderately well with IQ.)  Makes one wonder about … Continue reading

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