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In the latest issue of The Toulouse School of Economics Magazine, Stanford economist Susan Athey discusses how machine learning is transforming economics.
Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School, presents his recent research on intellectual property rights and innovation in China.
Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor Evan Selinger and his Future of Privacy Forum colleague Brenda K Leong argue that technology companies “should ensure their ethics boards are guided by universal human rights.”
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom shares research from studies with three other colleagues about the slowing rate of productivity. He argues that “the productivity of science and discovery has been falling for decades.”
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Wharton School of Business professor Kevin Werbach shares his insights on why Facebook is entering the cryptocurrency business.
Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland law professor and artificial intelligence (AI) expert, shares his thoughts on four new legally inspired rules that should be applied to robots and AI in our daily lives.
Matthew Slaughter, Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, discusses how place-based “heartland” visas could help arrest the decline of high-skilled workers in America.
The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda, edited by Rotman School of Management professors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, seeks to set the agenda for the economic research on the impact of AI.
Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri’s new book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, explores the lives of people who are paid to train artificial intelligence and serve as “humans in the loop” delivering on-demand information services.
University of Florida law professor Daniel Sokol and Stanford University Fellow Chirantan Chatterjee examine the risk of cybersecurity vulnerabilities within merger and acquisition activity.
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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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The Real Reason for Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

"Strong cryptography secures information about who is making those transactions at every step and offers powerful guarantees against tampering. If Facebook can establish Libra as a trusted way for users make their transactions, it will go a long way to rebuilding trust in Facebook itself." — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Business and Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
The New York Times
June 20, 2019

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Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems often rely on human workers to classify content. The workers find tasks using on-demand labor platforms like Mechanical Turk, receiving low wages and no benefits; however, on-demand work platforms enable many disadvantaged workers to earn income.

By: Mary L. Gray, Siddharth Suri