A look at why even fully automated factories need human workers and what a cyborg-friendly future might look like. Our weekly round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities…

Life, but not as we know it

The Financial Times delves into the cyborg-friendly future being advanced by Japanese scientists, the publication also looks into the country’s embrace of the ‘100-year life’.

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Reinventing the workplace

The MIT Technology Review reports on a new machine learning tool that can tell companies where their employees are lacking in the skills department, while The Harvard Business Review examines why even AI-powered factories will still need human workers.

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Elsewhere Quartz examines the notion that while smart teams care about diversity, truly excellent teams feature what it calls ‘cultural brokers’.

Taking stock of the digital economy

Bloomberg Businessweek considers Amazon’s market share within the US and whether or not it is high, while The New York Times digs into a recent New York ruling on Uber and what it could mean for the broader sharing economy.

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Informational anarchy

The BBC breaks down what it is like to be the victim of a live cyber- attack and The Atlantic examines Wikipedia and whether or not it can survive the informational anarchy that has already disrupted much of the rest of the media world.

And finally,

The New York Times delves deep into climate change and looks at the decade in which we almost halted its progress.