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A highpoint from TAP’s blogs this summer is the three-part series from MIT economist Daron Acemoglu in which he shares his recent research examining the impact of robotics and AI on the labor market and economic growth.

“We are in the midst of huge, transformative changes in the labor market in many developed economies. At the center of this transformation is a wave of technologies based on the computer chip that aim at automating a range of tasks previously performed by labor. … Despite much discussion of automation and what it spells for the future of labor markets, we are far from both a comprehensive framework for studying how automation impacts the functioning of modern labor markets, and from a body of empirical work providing reliable estimates on its impact on employment, wages and productivity.” (“Automation and the Future of Jobs” by Daron Acemoglu)

The blog series begins with an interview with Professor Acemoglu about his groundbreaking papers that are beginning to change the way economists address the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the economy and labor market (“Daron Acemoglu on Robots and Jobs”). “Automation and the Future of Jobs” presents an overview of a conceptual framework for understanding the implications of automation. And in “Man vs Machine,” Professor Acemoglu examines past waves of innovative advances where technologies replacing labor did not lead to technological unemployment, and he discusses the different economic forces that might intersect with the wave of automotive advances currently underway.

Also on TAP this summer, scholars continue to delve into these policy issues: algorithms and machine learning; the Internet – topics range from the effect of free information technology, social media, and search tactics; and, privacy and security. Additionally, MIT economist Glenn Ellison presents his work on the challenges for the technology industry to diversify their workforce.

Read the latest TAP blogs…

The Hidden Force That Will Drive GDPR Privacy Compliance
Daniel J. Solove, July 26, 2017

Is Social Graph Portability Workable?
Joshua Gans, July 20, 2017

Is Social Media Becoming the New Speech Governors?
TAP Staff, July 14, 2017

European Authorities Fine Google for Search Tactics
Edward Felten, July 11, 2017

danah boyd Discusses the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Internet
TAP Staff, July 6, 2017

The Value of Free in GDP
Shane Greenstein, June 20, 2017

Privacy and Security in Health Tech: Improving Transparency About Practices
Daniel J. Solove, June 16, 2017

What Does It Mean to Ask for an “Explainable” Algorithm?
Edward Felten, June 15, 2017

Diversity in the IT Workforce: Precursors in Education and Challenges
Glenn Ellison, June 8, 2017

The Efficiency of Race-Blind Affirmative Action Plans
Glenn Ellison, June 6, 2017

Recapping the “Can Technology Rescue Democracy” Essay Series at The Atlantic
Eric Goldman, June 2, 2017

James Bessen
Robots Stealing Human Jobs Isn't the Problem. This Is.
USA Today

"We need to move to a world where there is lifelong learning. You have to get rid of this idea that we go to school once when we’re young and that covers us for our career. ... Schools need to teach people how to learn, how to teach themselves if necessary."

Danielle Citron
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech but Not Black Children

"Sadly," the rules are "incorporating this color-blindness idea which is not in the spirit of why we have equal protection," said Danielle Citron, a law professor and expert on information privacy at the University of Maryland. This approach, she added, will "protect the people who least need it and take it away from those who really need it."

More TAP Scholars 

Margot Kaminski
Facebook, Free Expression and the Power of a Leak
The New York Times

William Kovacic
Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google
The New York Times

Kevin Werbach
Blockchain As Blockbuster: Still Too Soon to Tell, But Get Ready

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