VIJAY V. VAITHEESWARAN
Global Correspondent, The Economist
Business Correspondent, The Economist
Director of Though Leadership, Dahlberg Global Development Advisors
The era of big data presents incredible opportunities -- smarter cities, stronger companies, faster medicine -- but just as many challenges. Storage is scarce, systems overloaded, governments and businesses know too much. The world now contains unimaginably vast amounts of digital information, which is growing exponentially. Managed well, this data can be used to engineer new engines of economic value, unlock scientific breakthroughs, and hold politicians accountable. Managed poorly, it can cause great harm.
The financial crisis showed that complex models that analyze large quantities of data do not always reflect financial risk in the real world. The financial crisis was sparked by big data -- and there will be others. But the data deluge will also generate millions of new ideas for how to solve big problems, build new markets, and expand existing ones. Ideas Economy: Information is a fresh look at knowledge management for the information age.
The Economist will bring together theorists, strategists, and innovators who understand how to harness data to create value and advance individual, corporate, and social good. We will sift through the vast quantities of current thinking on data to uncover the best ways forward. And we will apply the lessons of the Ideas Economy, about innovation, human capital, and intelligent infrastructure, to uncover new sources of growth and accelerate human progress across the globe.
Daniel Altman has a rising reputation as an economist, author, and communicator. He is director of thought leadership at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and teaches at the Stern School of Business at New York University. His most recent book is Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy.
After obtaining his doctorate at Harvard, Dr. Altman worked as an economics columnist at The Economist, The New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune, with stints in Buenos Aires, Damascus, London, and Hong Kong. In between, he served as an economic advisor in the British government. He is also the founder and president of North Yard Economics, a not-for-profit consulting firm serving governments and non-governmental organizations in developing countries.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor. Previously he was the paper's Tokyo correspondent and covered business and technology from London. Earlier, he worked at the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think."
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.