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We can feed the world with plant protein

There are plenty of barriers, but if we really want to we can feed the world on plant protein (largely from legumes).

In 100 years’ time, maybe our food won’t be grown in soil

The thin layer of soil on our planet’s surface ultimately sustains us all, but it’s a finite resource. With a growing global population, perhaps it is time to start looking for alternatives.

Don’t give up on politics. It’s where the fight for the fair go must be won.

Governments’ lack of response to rising inequality is not a problem of knowledge or public support.

How Australian cities are adapting to the Asian Century

China’s rise as a global power is driving new flows of people, ideas and capital between China and Australia. Australian cities need to adapt to this new geopolitical reality.

Reimagining Sydney: this is what needs to be done to make a Central City CBD work

Central City 2048 proposes one new rail line, three metro lines and almost 300,000 extra jobs for the new CBD, one of three proposed for metropolitan Sydney. Clearly, the investment needed is massive. Part two in this series by University of Sydney’s Dr Tooran Alizadeh.

Re-imagining Sydney with 3 CBDs: how far off is a Parramatta CBD?

The Greater Sydney metropolis is envisaged as having three CBDs by mid-century, but an assessment of the proposed Central City around Parramatta shows how much work is needed to make that a reality.

Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers

Humans are poor at remaining vigilant over time. That’s bad news for the safety of partially automated cars, which sometimes need the person behind the wheel to quickly take over control.

For the sake of our retirement savings, it’s time to reform the investment management boys’ club

Women in investment management face sexist treatment and no accommodation of parenting responsibilities. That’s bad news for a sector critical to all Australians’ economic security.

How Brazil can beat the odds

Brazil has set itself a target of restoring almost 50,000 sq km of the Amazon rainforest by 2030. But it won’t get there without changing its policies and how it engages with local people.

Making small cities bigger will help better distribute Australia’s 25 million people

In the 70s, Whitlam tried to build new, big cities. But this was too costly. Now the most viable solution for Australia’s population woes is to make existing cities bigger.

What if the companies that profit from your data had to pay you?

Personal data is sold, bought and traded among companies all the time. But what if the companies profiting from your data had to pay you a share of that earning?

Aim for cities of all sizes to give everyone a fair go

Having cities of all sizes will increase people’s choices of where to live and work.

We don’t own data like we own a car

People find data difficult to own – and things we don’t own, we tend not to protect.

Australia and the tough new EU privacy regulations

By choosing to deal with companies with better data protection policies, Australian consumers can create pressure for change in how personal data is handled across the board.

Why the need for speed?

We spend on average about an hour a day travelling. Given this is unlikely to change, how can we make this time more productive and enjoyable?

Creating safer cities

Security in cities can make some people feel safe while excluding others. New ways of planning and policing public space are needed to ensure cities are safe and accessible for all.

China’s “Internet of Bikes”

The golden era of automobility innovation: the “Internet of Bikes” sensation in China.

Universities on knowledge and how it matters

It’s time to (do more than) talk about knowledge. Universities must take leadership in helping develop students capacity to recognise different kinds of knowledge and work flexibly.

On dangerous ground: land degradation is turning soils into deserts

A new international report makes for bleak reading on the state of the world’s soils. It predicts that land degradation will displace up to 700 million people worldwide by mid-century.

Cambridge Analytica scandal is not a ‘breach’. It is Facebook’s business model in action

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is not a breach of Facebook but the very business model on which it’s built, and our democracy and privacy suffer.

Gig platforms’ claims over worker chat groups: fraught territory indeed

Could an employer or platform claim copyright in a chat group? We’d first have to accept that conversations in a chat group are protected by copyright.

Tesla’s ‘virtual power plant’ might be second-best to real people power

Our energy system puts consumers more or less at the mercy of business and regulators. What if the future of energy meant putting the power back in the hands of households?

Predictive algorithms are no better at telling the future than a crystal ball

Business managers often rely on predictive algorithms to make recruiting decisions that affect a company’s bottom line. But these kinds of algorithms aren’t really “predictive” at all.

The appeal of the ‘flat’ organisation

Why some firms are getting rid of middle managers.

Engineers, philosophers and sociologists release ethical design guidelines for future technology

A report released today by the world’s largest technical professional organisation is designed to help humanity avoid a robot apocalypse.

Turnbull’s government must accept responsibility for delivering an equitable NBN for all Australians

The NBN has to be equitable to be a truly nation-building platform. As long as it is failing some, it is failing us all in Australia.

Why we can’t rely on corporations to save us from climate change

Climate change may be a business opportunity, but research shows that market forces serve to systematically undermine climate change programs.

What businesses can learn from sports about using algorithms

There are good reasons why business has not been as successful as sports teams at implementing algorithmic decision-making.

Are our standards dropping in the workplace?

Our workplaces are becoming less formal. But there were some advantages to the old formality.


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