Kenneth Cukier

  • Framers

  • 'Wonderfully stimulating... will teach you to see around corners' -- Tim Harford
    'A paean to cognitive agility and the elasticity of the imagination' -- The Economist
    'A tightly written prescription for smart thinking' -- Financial Times

    The power of mental models to make better decisions

    We're always told that humans make bad decisions and that more data is better. But this is backwards: people are actually good at decisions because we use mental models and can envision new realities outside of data. Great outcomes don't depend so much on the final moment of choosing but on generating better alternatives to choose between. That's framing. It's a cognitive muscle we can strengthen to improve our lives, work and future -- to meet our moment of economic upheaval, social tensions and existential threats. Framers shows how.

Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly tech podcast. He is also an associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, researching artificial intelligence. His TED Talk on AI and society has over 2 million views. Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America and a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the board of Chatham House and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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