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What Motivates People to Acquire Expertise in Technology?

“The usual antidote for lack of economic incentives are motivations other than extrinsic ones. Many people enjoy acquiring expertise for its own sake, for the scientific adventure of it, and for the hope of translating that expertise into a great wave.” – Professor Shane Greenstein, Harvard Business School

Facial Recognition’s Slippery Slope

“Ideals like civil rights that should matter more than worshipping at the altar of efficiency. These ideals are damned hard to champion for, but they’re not preordained to fail.” Evan Selinger and Woodrow Hartzog stress that the benefits of facial recognition technology do not outweigh its privacy risks and dangers.

The 11th Circuit Rules on the FTC’s Data Security Enforcement

Professors Daniel Solove and Woodrow Hartzog analyze the decision, and conclude: “The court’s decision might ultimately only affect the FTC’s approach at the margins, but if it results in less enforcement and a restrictive, rote, and context-blind approach to data security rules, then we will all be worse off.”

Autonomous Trucking Won’t Replace Human Drivers Any Time Soon

"Judging from recent prototypes, humans are not disappearing anytime soon… Take the use of autopilot in commercial airlines today; software-enhanced navigation merely changes what the pilots do and when they apply their expertise." – Professor Shane Greenstein, Harvard Business School

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The Paradox of Technological Déjà Vu

Posted on July 11, 2018
Harvard economics professor Shane Greenstein uses the development of blockchain technology to illustrate the economic elements of technological breakthroughs.

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