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TAP Highlights

Top Economists to Meet in Chicago

Top economists from academia, industry, and government, including several TAP scholars, will gather for the “Fifth Annual Research Roundtable on Patents and Technology Standards” on May 4 and 5 to address such topics as Patents and Litigation, Intellectual Property and Innovation, and Technology Standards and Standard Essential Patents.

What Happens When One Company Dominates the Web?

Google has transformed our interaction with the Internet. In The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry), law professor Siva Vaidhyanathan cautions against trusting too much to one company, and calls for a revival of public institutions to decide the Internet’s future.

What Is the Future of the Human-Robot Collaboration?

Erik Brynjolffson shares the wisdom of chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov: collaborate with the machines. Initially losing to IBM’s Deep Blue computer in 1996, Kasparov later organized a free-style tournament allowing humans and computers to combine forces. The winners: a team of amateur players with home computers.

Are Privacy Settings Enforceable in Court?

Ordinarily, courts look to a site’s terms of service to resolve cases. But consumers rarely read the “fine print.” In “Website Design as Contract”, Woodrow Hartzog considers how features like icons, privacy settings, or pop-ups should change the outcome of contract cases.

New TAP Blog Posts

Erik Brynjolfsson: Racing with the Machine Beats Racing Against the Machine

In these evolving times of machine learning and artificial intelligence, MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson explains that he is optimistic about the future because he sees how machines can serve as powerful tools and partners.

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