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2 posts published in March 2020

The Age of Infinite Learning

March 3, 2020

The numbers cover different angles of the same story: America’s workforce will be facing tremendous challenges in the coming decades, that will require a massive training - and retraining - effort. Two different reports published by the McKinsey Global Institute tell the tale: by 2030, as many as 375 million workers—or roughly 14% of the global workforce—may need to switch occupational categories as digitization, automation, and advances in artificial intelligence disrupt the world of work....

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Totally Unrelated: Why On Earth Should Anyone Read Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment?

March 9, 2020

 

Dostoevsky’s life was, if you’ll pardon the cliché, stranger than fiction. Born in Moscow in 1821, he was later orphaned. He was arrested for reading banned texts and for his membership in the group of writers and intellectuals known as the Petrashevsky circle. He was sentenced to death by firing squad, and spared by a last minute pardon by the Tsar. He spent 4 years in Siberian labor camp, released in 1854. He later married and found work editing a magazine with his brother, but that too...

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