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Owen Barder
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Why are podcasts back in fashion? And if you are interested in development and economics, which podcasts should you be listening to?
Podcasts are back in fashion - here is why, and a list of what I am listening to.
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How amazing.  I wonder how it's done.  (No, don't tell me!)
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To what extent must communities grapple with their own challenges, and to what extent can successes from elsewhere be replicated or scaled up?  This blog post considers whether and why the struggle may be important in itself.
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Here are five simple things you could do over the holidays to make yourself a little safer online and to protect your privacy and your memories.
I received an unwelcome email a few weeks ago from an IT-literate friend. His computer wouldn't start, he said. He had backups of most of the data on it, but not the family photos stored there, which were irreplaceable. Could I help? Could that happen to you? Here are five simple things you ...
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"This book could have seriously engaged with the large literature on immigration and helped people without Collier’s training and position think through the complexities of the issue. Instead, Collier has written a text mortally wounded by incoherence, error, and overconfident leaps to baseless conclusions." 

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Would you buy a driverless car that would sacrifice the driver to save a pedestrian's life?
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on the face of the question...  

Isn't this a decision that any driver can find themselves in...at any moment on the road?  Would you sacrifice your life in order to save an unknown mother pushing a stroller, or an elderly looking gentleman,  or a (seemingly) homeless man or women.  Would you be willing to trade your life for another in a moments notice?  While we cannot dwell on such matters in every moment,  those that haven't given this any thought...may not fully understand the responsibilities of driving.


  now, should this be a riddle...A driverless car will have no driver to sacrifice...therefor the passenger is assumed safe. 

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  Let me thank you for the thought provoking article.  If I can influence the programming of this car/trolley I would add just a little bit of calculations.  If there must be a loss of human life, first determine the lesser number and calculated estimation of survival.  Will the five victims on the track be a direct hit?  Are all five moving across the track and will have a likelihood of being pushed away from the moving car/trolley?  If all criteria point to total loss of life by the five on one track, then the one on the other...by all means pick the lower number.  But if you can calculate type of movement and angle of impact with chance for survival...add that in. 

   This bring us to some other questions that have to be thought about, should this language be programmed into it.  Will this language be able to determine the difference between loss of human life with the loss of animal life?

 Given the chance would, I trade my life for another human is one simple answer.  But would I trade my entire families life (five of us) for another...this  is another decision entirely.

  Now, would you trade any variable, of the above lives, with the life of a deer...a goat.  What about someone pushing a bicycle in front of the driverless car?  Or perhaps with the individual committing suicide?  All of this isn't even factoring in the people who are looking for lawsuits, while minimizing the extinct of their injuries after researching the reaction of the program onto an object in front of it.

   again...thanks for your thoughts
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Please join me in complaining to IAAF about this.
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In episode 42 of Development Drums, Nina Munk talks about her book The Idealist, about Jeff Sachs and the Millennium Villages Project.
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Never let it be said that we shirk controversy.  I am excited that I will have the opportunity to work with this brilliant and committed former US Treasury Secretary.
Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2014): Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury secretary and president of Harvard, will become the board chair of the Center for Global Development (CGD), succeeding founding board chair Edward Scott Jr., CGD president Nancy Birdsall announced today.
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Does any know: if I wanted to rent the old fire station in Greycoat Place (which has recently closed) to use it as the home of a new global development hub, who would I ask?
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Angus Deaton talks about his book on Development Drums.
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  • Center for Global Development
    Senior Fellow and Director for Europe, 2011 - present
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development
    Director of Global Development Effectiveness and International Finance, 2006 - 2008
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Introduction

Owen Barder is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC.  He is also an Associate of the UK Institute for Government.

Owen was previously the Director of aidinfo – a programme of Development Initiatives which aims to make aid more transparent and accountable.

Owen was previously a British civil servant in a career spanning more than 20 years. He worked in H M Treasury, the office of the Prime Minister, and the UK Department for International Development.  He has been the private secretary to the Prime Minister and to two Chancellors of the Exchequer.  He also took breaks from the civil service to work in the South African Treasury, the Center for Global Development and to be a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.  He has been on the board of several NGOs.

Owen blogs about development and presents Development Drums, a podcast on development issues.

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I developed the UK Government's first website.
Education
  • New College, Oxford
    PPE, 1985 - 1988
  • London School of Economics
    Economics, 1990 - 1991
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