What We're Reading, May 29, 2015
Want insight into the topics we'll be covering at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health? Over the next few weeks, we'll share articles that have caught our attention, as related to each thematic track. Some are by Festival and Spotlight speakers, others stand out because they go in-depth on a topic that will be featured.
Starbucks and Arizona State are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Amanda Ripley discusses the idea and its effectiveness in reviving the middle class.
Income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, is greater in the United States than any other developed country. This article explores the nature of income inequality in the US through both numerical figures and stories from history.
Internet-connected pacemakers are soon to enter the Nigerian market as internet access spreads in the areas. Concerns arise however where these devices may be “reverse-engineered” with cheaper to meet the market prices of Nigeria, which may make these devices more susceptible to cybersecurity threats.
With experts predicting that the world population will reach 9 billion in 2050, a big question is how the earth will produce enough food to feed everyone. Bill and Melinda Gates discuss how the continent of Africa will aid in this effort while standards of living improve in african nations in the next 30 years.