Steven Johnson's Top Stories

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Here's the best five of the bunch

  1. The smartphone is the new sun
    With billions of people buying a device every two years, on average, the phone business dwarfs the PC business, which has an install base of 1.5-1.6bn devices replaced every 4-5 years. PC sales are a bit over 300m units a year where phone sales are...
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  2. Review: ‘The Economics of Inequality,’ by Thomas Piketty
    Photo Thomas Piketty Credit Emmanuelle Marchadour Back in 2001 two French economists, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, circulated a seminal research paper (formally published two years later) titled “Income inequality in the United States,...
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  3. Is the Banking Industry Living on Borrowed Time?
    In 1997, Bill Gates predicted the eventual demise of banking when he said, “We need banking but we don’t need banks.” Are we reaching the point where Gates’ vision is realized? Could we see the end of banks as we know them in the next twenty years...
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  4. Elaine Showalter on Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman
    Elaine Showalter Death of a Mockingbird Go Set a Watchman By Harper Lee (William Heinemann 288pp £18.99) Lee: the Austen of Alabama? In the fifty-five years since its publication, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has become an American classic,...
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  5. The Thriving World, the Wilting World, and You
    The Thriving World, the Wilting World, and You I gave the following speech at the Aspen Institute’s Action Forum, on July 29, 2015, in Aspen. The talk — on generosity versus justice — was to my fellow fellows in the Aspen Global Leadership Network....
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