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Competition everywhere

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Monday, 11 September 2017 10:00

We humans are inherently competitive beings - it’s hardwired into our DNA. Indeed, competition is one of the most basic functions of nature. Darwin called it survival of the fittest via natural selection. All living organisms fight for survival in a constant battle of wit and adaptation.

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Unelected power

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Monday, 04 September 2017 10:00

You probably haven’t noticed because it’s so subtle. But it’s real and it’s gathering pace. Over recent years there has been a faint but powerful transfer of public power from elected politicians to unelected officials. This delegation of authority to unelected technical experts and independent authorities is occurring around the globe.

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Robot tax

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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:00

At first blush, it seems a good idea. The suggestion by Bill Gates to tax robots appears to have merit. Such a tax would help offset the falling revenues that will flow into public coffers as robots increasingly replace jobs held by humans. But on closer examination, the logic of a robot income tax turns out to be misguided.

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Open banking

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Monday, 14 August 2017 10:00

It’s being heralded as the biggest change to banking since the advent of the Internet. Pundits claim it will give power to the people by enabling them to digitally access and securely share their bank transaction data. This will empower customers to seek out better and cheaper financial products.

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Blogger’s pick

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Monday, 24 July 2017 10:00

As a blogger, I am sometimes asked to name my all-time favourite blog post. Well, they’re all my babies so picking a preferred post is tough. To answer this perennial question, last weekend I sifted through the 420 posts that I have published over the past nine years. It was an interesting trip down memory lane which enabled me to rediscover notable posts in my blog archives.

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