AI is here, ‘21st-century statecraft,’ the big data management revolution

-“The artificial intelligence revolution is here,” says The Christian Science Monitor, examining how AI is already changing our lives. The New York Times looks at the prospect of a future in which humans work alongside robots.

-The Harvard Business Review outlines the “management revolution” that big data will bring on.

-MIT’s Technology Review examines whether “outsourcing, X Prizes, citizen crowds, and Internet billionaires” will unleash the next big innovations, as the impact of venture capital wanes.

-Spain’s economic crisis is “reshaping consumerism,” reports Reuters, with Spaniards starting to lose their love of the new in favor of “intelligent buying.”

The Economist spotlights the rise of “e-diplomacy” or “21st-century-statecraft,” looking at how today’s diplomats are using social media.

-Hotel chains are “racing to expand” in Africa as more business travelers visit the continent, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Economist explores the decline of driving in the rich world, where “the car’s previously inexorable rise is stalling.”

-For the first time, Asia is home to more super-wealthy individuals than North America, according to the annual survey by Capgemini and the Royal Bank of Canada.

The New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at Cuba post-Fidel and the nation’s future.

-Life expectancy has dropped for America’s least-educated whites, “an increasingly troubled group,” reports The New York Times.

The Guardian publishes an excerpt from Chris Anderson’s new book, Makers, that looks at the implications of the nascent Maker movement on manufacturing.

Time releases its annual list of the 50 best websites of the year.

-comScore reports that 4 in 5 American smartphone owners now access retail content on their mobile devices.

-A new Forrester study looks at how retailers are advancing (or not) their m-commerce operations.

The Wall Street Journal reports on how TV fans’ tweets and Facebook posts are influencing the scripts of some shows.

The Guardian discusses growing disenchantment with Twitter.

-“The Era of Retail 3D Printing Begins,” declares Businessweek.

-A report from Altagamma and McKinsey forecasts a rise in online luxury sales, reports Warc.

USA Today says luxury travel is making a slow comeback, with corporate meetings and events helping to drive the sector.

-Hotels are getting in on the juicing trend, reports CNN.

The Wall Street Journal reports that restaurant chains are filling empty retail spaces, reshaping America’s commercial landscape.

-An annual study on America’s expanding waistlines forecasts that more than half the population will be obese within 20 years if current patterns continue.

-Record high Arctic Sea ice shrinkage is giving rise to predictions of more extreme weather to come, according to The Guardian.

Time looks at the environmental complications of a more urbanized world.

-A New York Times op-ed outlines the challenges of work-life balance facing women on both the salaried and hourly ends of the employment spectrum.

-Despite the new multiracial face of America, many of the nation’s schools remain racially segregated, according to a study from the Department of Education.

Psychology Today discusses research linking a decline in children’s freedom to a drop in creativity. For more on this topic, see our July trend report, Play As a Competitive Advantage.

-Bill Clinton makes a “Case for Optimism” in Time.

-Gen Z kids are exposed to tech at an early age, according to data from Ipsos MediaCT published in Adweek.

-An infographic from Schools.com shows how e-reading is overtaking paperbook reading.

-Fast Company covers our upcoming American Dream report.