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Podcast: Tim Harford on the lessons of technology for economic history

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[embedded content]Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes and Stitcher.Tim Harford joins the show this week to talk about his new book, 50 Things that Made the Modern Economy (US, UK), a companion to his delightful podcast series for the BBC World Service.Tim also shares the lessons of past inventions that we often miss, the topic of his recent FT Magazine cover story. Here’s an excerpt:Forecasting the future of technology has always been an entertaining but fruitless game. Nothing looks more dated than yesterday’s edition of Tomorrow’s World. But history can teach us something useful: not to fixate on the idea of the next big thing, the isolated technological miracle that utterly transforms some part of economic life with barely a ripple elsewhere.Instead, when we try to imagine the

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