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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.

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Navigating Disruption: a Roadmap for Leaders

"It may be easier for companies to stay in silos, but that just makes them more vulnerable to disruption." — Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto


Joshua Gans
Source: Fast Company
July 25, 2019

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
Source: The New York Times
June 20, 2019

The Great Productivity Slowdown

This article asks why the current era of unprecedented innovation is not seeing major gains in productivity. MIT economist and artificial intelligence expert Erik Brynjolfsson is quoted.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: Global Finance
June 5, 2019

An Economist Explains How to Value the Internet

MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discusses a new method for measuring the benefits of the digital economy during an interview at the World Economic Forum.


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: World Economic Forum
May 23, 2019

New Laws of Robotics Needed to Tackle AI: Expert

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.


Frank Pasquale
Source: AFP/ Yahoo News
May 16, 2019

Immigrants for the Heartland

In this op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Slaughter, 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.


Matthew J. Slaughter
Source: Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2019

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

"The hurdles are not just regulatory. This stuff is very hard to do. I think the Utah project is important because it's a step toward trying to validate that this stuff would work safely." — Ryan Calo, Cyberlaw and Robotics Professor, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: ABC News
April 25, 2019

'Disastrous' Lack of Diversity in AI Industry Perpetuates Bias, Study Finds

"The industry has to acknowledge the gravity of the situation and admit that its existing methods have failed to address these problems. The use of AI systems for the classification, detection, and prediction of race and gender is in urgent need of re-evaluation." — Kate Crawford, Co-director and Co-founder, AI Now Institute


Kate Crawford
Source: The Guardian
April 16, 2019

We're Not Prepared for the Promise of Artificial Intelligence, Experts Warn

"We're trying to grapple with big questions that no discipline has monopoly over. What we want to do is make sure we get the greatest minds studying these questions." — Susan Athey, Professor of the Economics of Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Susan Athey
Source: The Mercury News
March 18, 2019

We're Not Prepared for the Promise of Artificial Intelligence, Experts Warn

"The problem is that human skills, human institutions, business processes change much more slowly than technology does. We're not keeping up. That's why this human-centered AI initiative is so important. How can we adapt our economics, our laws, our societies? Otherwise, we're going to be facing more of the unintended consequences." — Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: The Mercury News
March 18, 2019
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Earning Stripes in Medical Machine Learning

Harvard business professor Shane Greenstein discusses some of the factors that machine-learning startups consider in developing their innovative products for commercial value.

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Health Information Technology

“Health Information Technology” or Health IT encompasses a wide range of hardware and software products used by patients, doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, insurers or other participants in the healthcare ecosystem to process and store data and communications related to health care.

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Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Work

Automation tends to displace human workers, reducing wages by reducing the demand for labor. But automation also increases productivity and creates new-labor intensive tasks. Several factors constrain the labor market’s capacity to adjust, especially if automation proceeds too quickly.

By: Daron Acemoglu, Pascual Restrepo