#152 - The class politics of inflation | Curio

#152 - The class politics of inflation

23 mins | Feb 23, 2022

Today's episode from 23rd February 2022. First this morning: As the Bank of England raises its rates for the second time in two months, and the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to do the same in March, we question who really wins in the fight to flatten inflation. Spoiler alert, it's not the poor. Then later, the digital twin market could reach nearly $50 billion by 2026. We hear of a startup in Europe working on digitally replicating brain, which it says has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of patients with brain disorders. Central banks have decided that heads, the rich win - tails, the poor lose. In this reflection on the politics of the current inflation debates, Leah Downey examines the class conflict behind today’s consensus. For Foreign Policy, the doctoral candidate at Harvard argues that “what we have today are independent central banks designed to serve the interests of one sector of society, private finance, using the immense powers of public policy." Virtual representations of real-world things are already used in manufacturing, industry, and aerospace. Now, a European project is taking the idea to a biological realm that wants to make virtual copies of brains. For Wired, Grace Browne uncovers the current ethical and societal opportunities and challenges of digital twins in the context of health. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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