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To kick off DLD Sync, we invited Oxford economist Carl Benedikt Frey to put the Covid-19 pandemic in a historical context – especially with regards to jobs and the economy. “The bad news is that the virus, today, has the potential to spread much more quickly because we’re so interconnected”, Frey told us. “The good news is that we have better technology to deal with the disease itself.”
In conversation with DLD’s news editor Karsten Lemm, Frey also addressed the challenge of securing jobs in the face of accelerating automation, making the globalized economy more resilient against disruptions, and shared ideas on government policies to mitigate the negative impact of rapid economic changes.
Carl Benedikt Frey is Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at Oxford University where he directs the program on the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School. In 2013, Frey co-authored “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization”, estimating that 47% of jobs are at risk of automation. The study’s methodology has been used by President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Bank of England, the World Bank, among others. Frey has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, government and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and Fortune 500 companies.
Karsten Lemm is a writer and photographer in Berlin. As Associate Editor for DLD he manages the DLD News website. Previously he was a Senior Editor with WIRED Germany. From 1998 to 2014 he lived in San Francisco, California, as a business and technology correspondent for Stern magazine, which gave him the opportunity to witness the digital revolution from a front-row seat.
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