How technology will help us feed the world

September 14, 2017

The IEA’s Head of Education Dr Steve Davies and News Editor Kate Andrews discuss how farming technology is revolutionising our world. Although current discussions of the future of tech tend to focus on AI, automation and robotics, Steve explains how recent advancements in farming offer solutions some of the key crises of our time – allowing us to feed an ever-growing population without compromising on economic development or environmental concerns.

They also discuss some of the ongoing debates within the environmentalist movement, over these varying technologies.

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Time to Talk Transitional Arrangements

September 8, 2017

Is now the right time to consider a transitional deal between the UK and the European Union?

On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the varying options for transitional arrangements for March 2019 - after the UK has left the EU, but before it pursues its full plans to exit the Single Market or the Customs Union.

Julian argues that now is the right time to start considering such arrangements and what they would look like - possibly the Norway options, zero-for-zero deal on trade tariffs allowed under WTO rules or temporary equivalency on regulations.

The pair also discuss how such a deal could impact on other areas of the Brexit negotiations, including the 'Divorce bill'.

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Intellectual Property Rights: Yay or Nay?

August 17, 2017

The Institute of Economic Affairs's Dr Steve Davies joins Kate Andrews to discuss the arguments for and against intellectual property rights - a topic that which particularly divides the libertarian movement.

In the podcast, Steve explains the philosophical arguments both for and against, ultimately arguing that copyright law forms illogical conclusions when taken to the extreme.

However, Steve thinks certain forms of intellectual property are justifiable and helpful, like trademarks, often because they spring up organically, and recognised by courts rather than determined by state policy.

He also points out, that as it becomes increasingly more difficult to monitor copyright infringement, changes to law may be needed for the 21st century.

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Will Robots Make Us Redundant?

August 3, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Will robots make us redundant?

Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss the future of automation, robots, and Artificial Intelligence, and the impact these innovations will have on tradition lines of work.

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What will the Brexit Divorce Bill look like?

July 27, 2017

In the coming months, UK and EU negotiators are set to lock horns over one of the most bitter parts of their ‘divorce’: the Brexit bill.

On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the likely bill Britain could end up paying to the European Union. Estimates of this sum vary wildly, ranging from the EU’s hefty initial demand of €100bn to nothing at all at the lower end!

Julian argues that the "upper limit" for any payment should be £26 billion - this would cover Britain’s spending commitments up to the end of the current EU budget in 2020, and would be a sensible step in forging a strong relationship with our European neighbours. The sum should be contingent, however, on reaching an acceptable trade deal.

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Brexit Unit: Is Brexit Going to Happen?

July 20, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Chief Economist Julian Jessop for an update on the IEA's Brexit Unit.

Interviewed by the IEA's Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair discuss the claim that Brexit may not go ahead.

Julian highlights that we live in politically turbulent times, where nothing can be taken for granted. That being said, he thinks Brexit is most likely going head - although the type of Brexit the UK pursues is far from settled.

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Gig Issue: The Future of the Gig Economy

July 17, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte to discuss the benefits of the gig economy and the consequences of state intervention and protectionism.

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Is a Basic Income a Good Idea?

July 6, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Is the basic income a good idea?

Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss this idea which is gaining traction across the political spectrum.

Steve and Kate agree that a basic income could form a viable alternative to Britain's complex welfare system, which often creates perverse incentives for those on it. They outline the social and economic benefits of giving people greater autonomy with the work they pursue, and the money they spend.

Yet the pair also discuss some of the downsides of a Universal Basic Income, which is, Steve argues, far from the panacea many of its advocates imagine. If implemented, a basic income would remove incentives to work and could render our economy less entrepreneurial as a result.

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Why Maps Are Often Wrong

July 6, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Why maps are often wrong.

Steve’s view that we are currently devising maps (and, therefore, looking at the world), in entirely the wrong way.

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The Realignment of Modern Politics

July 6, 2017

We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: The Realignment of Modern Politics.

Steve talks us through his thesis of the realignment of modern politics in the West. Steve explains how the rise of populism and nationalism is putting pressures on the traditional left/right spectrum, as the opposition to populists are globalists on both sides of the aisle.

 

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