Metropoles like Shanghai have survived and thrived in large part because of their massive populations. But what happens when people start to become a liability rather than an asset? Reuters/Aly Song

Can megacities survive the digital age?

Research shows that technology disrupts economies of scale, turning megacities' huge populations from strength to liability. To survive, megacities, like companies, must adapt.
The latest trend in the video gaming industry is the creation of “whales,” people so addicted to games that they spend their entire life savings to keep playing. A3250/_Oliver Berg

Addiction sector: Video games emulate casino

The video gaming industry has transitioned from a group of backyard innovators to an industry of multi-billion dollar companies.
Cyclists on Melbourne’s Obikes next to Federation square AAP

Bike-sharing a waste of space? Economics work

There is more to bike-share schemes than first meets the eye. As they grow in global popularity, the economic models behind them become increasingly diversified.
The impact of Airbnb varies from city to city and suburb to suburb. AlesiaKan/shutterstock

Who claims AirBnB’s impact on our cities?

About 10% of empty dwellings on census night – 1.2% of all housing – were available for rental and vacancy rates have changed little in 35 years. Could governments be overreacting?
Canadians are overwhelmingly opposed to insurance companies having access to their genetic test results. A new Canadian law prevents insurers from using genetic information to determine coverage or pricing. (Shutterstock)

Why insurers err on genetic discrimination law

Canadian insurance companies argue that a new law denying them access to genetic test results will raise the cost of insurance for everyone. That's doubtful.
Canadian companies say there’s a shortage of skilled workers, but are they investing in training? (Shutterstock)

Is skills shortage real or are businesses to blame?

Canadian firms say there's a dire shortage of skilled workers. But recent studies suggest they're not investing in training, apparently expecting universities to train their employees for them.
Apple seeks out the high ground. EPA-EFE/APPLE INC. / HANDOUT

Apple gambles on its aspirational brand

The tech giant has doubled down on its strategy of exclusivity, but does it risk weakening its position in emerging markets?
Many accused Delta, shown here over Tampa in 2014, and other carriers of price gouging ahead of Irma, but it’s just business as normal. Drew Horne/

Consumer fleecing is the new normal

Some consumers were alarmed that airlines were charging thousands of dollars to get out of the hurricane's path. That's actually business as usual for more and more companies.
Disruptive technology is starting to transform our cities, societies and lives. Shutterstock

Smart cities present risks, opportunities

As disruptive technology increasingly enters our lives, it demands that we rethink and reorganize all aspects of work, life, and society.
Millions of Americans donate to relief efforts after natural disasters. MISHELLA/

U.S. generosity after disasters

Donations to relief efforts from corporations and celebrities may get the most attention, but they are exceptions.
A man shops for avocados at a Whole Foods Market in New York on Aug. 28. The splashy price cuts Amazon made as the new owner of Whole Foods has attracted some curious customers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Amazon’s appetite for disruption

Amazon has pledged to continue slashing prices at Whole Foods now that it's acquired the organic food mecca. Will that mean more affordable organic food for more people -- delivered overnight?

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