As the world continues to urbanize at an unprecedented rate, cities and their surrounding areas wield more power than ever. In the United States, 82 percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas, an increase of 12 percent just since 2000. Motivated by the belief that “the era of the city” is upon us, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities, with support from Citi, recently published the findings of its 2016 Menino Survey of Mayors to understand the important challenges facing these cities’ leaders, discussed here.
– The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Acosta’s views on rules governing financial regulators and overtime pay aren’t clear. That lack of clarity is the most consistent criticism of his nomination and likely to prompt pointed questions from senators at his confirmation hearing. Mr. Acosta hasn’t made public comments about his policy views since being nominated for the position but has, at least a dozen times in 125 past decisions, sided with Democrats over fellow Republicans.
The percent of employed Americans over 65 is today more than double that of just 15 years ago. Axios examines “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of this changing dynamic and how it is significant from several business and societal perspectives.
– The Verge
Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the US and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon. America, which has outsourced much of its manufacturing and lacks serious investment in industrial robotics, may miss out on the world’s next radical shift in how goods are produced. That’s because the robot makers – as in, the robots that make the robots – could play a key role in determining how automation expands across the globe.