Why science needs philosophers, AI needs bespoke regulations and balance is better for gender diversity. Our round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities…

Bespoke regulation and other out-there ideas

Nature argues that policies designed for drugs won’t work for artificial intelligence and could lead to a deluge of inadequate rules to regulate. Elsewhere the MIT Technology Review looks at the out-there AI ideas designed to keep the US ahead of China.

Shifting sands

The journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US (PNAS) argues that science could benefit from some more philosophers, while The Harvard Business Review looks into why technology companies are hiring so many economists.

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The Harvard Business Review argues that when people see more women at the top, they’re less concerned about gender inequality elsewhere, while AXA Investment Managers makes the case for why, when it comes to gender diversity, balance is better than history’s wild pendulum.

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Time is of the essence

The Financial Times makes the point that, when it comes to Impact Investing, urgency is vital (paywall), while Yale’s Environment 360 blog, looks at how China’s ban on importing waste has stalled global recycling. And finally Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the “gazillion-dollar standoff” over two high-frequency trading towers.

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