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Innovation and Economic Growth

Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

TAP Blog

What to Learn from US Govt Strategy on AI

Reviewing reports from the Obama administration on the future of artificial intelligence, Joshua Gans and his co-authors provides key insights for countries that trade and compete with the U.S.

Joshua Gans and Ajay Agrawal and Avi Goldfarb

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Innovation

Innovation is a word used to describe new ideas and inventions that have impact – impact to consumers, to markets, to industries, to the economy as a whole, and even to society and culture.

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Holding AI to Account: Will Algorithms Ever Be Free from Bias If They're Created by Humans?

"The primary challenges are: helping people see that algorithms are more than code; that transparency is not the same as accountability; and that the forces driving algorithmic systems are so dynamic, complex, and probabilistic that it makes little sense to talk about the algorithm as if it's a single piece of code that isn't constantly changing, that means different things to different people." — Mike Ananny, Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Mike Ananny
Wired
December 6, 2016

Featured Article

The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

This article provides a lay summary of recent developments in business uses of big data sets.

By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee