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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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University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo and his colleagues Ashkan Soltani (independent privacy researcher and technologist), and Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington biology professor) delved into the feasibility of whether contact-tracing apps can be effective and safeguard individuals’ privacy.
Jonathan Levin, Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, talks about his work on a life-saving economic mechanism to promote vaccines, and the challenges of preparing leaders for the fast-changing future.
Professor Mary Gray, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, expresses reservations about the effectiveness and equity of a cell phone app aimed to put COVID-19 contact tracing in individuals’ hands.
Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, discusses the impact of rapid technological change and public policy with James Pethokoukis on AEI’s Political Economy podcast.
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses how the current global ‘working remotely’ movement caused by COVID-19 restrictions differs from the benefits he identified in his work-from-home research conducted in 2015.
Competing in the Age of AI, a new book by Harvard business professors Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani, shows how reinventing organizations around data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) removes traditional constraints that restrict business growth.
TAP scholars danah boyd, Eric Goldman, Evan Selinger, and Joseph Turow share their expertise with a recent Pew Research Center report aimed at learning the potential future effects of people’s use of technology on democracy.
Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, introduces his new book, co-authored with Andrew Leigh. Innovation + Equality: How to create a future that is more Star Trek than Terminator examines the relationship between having more equality and more innovation.
Harvard business professor Shane Greenstein discusses some of the factors that machine-learning startups consider in developing their innovative products for commercial value.
In “A Toolkit of Policies to Promote Innovation,” Professors Nicholas Bloom, John Van Reenen, and Heidi Williams present a number of the main innovation policy levers to energize technological innovation.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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How Will COVID-19 Change the World by 2025? How Remote Learning Changes Education

"To close the digital divide, the federal government needs to view broadband like the US Postal Service when it was first developed, concentrating on connecting all citizens rather than just communities where the service makes economic sense." — Randal Picker, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

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Soft Law: New Tools for Governing Emerging Technologies

Traditionally, nations harmonized their own regulation of new technologies with the rules of other nations through negotiation of international treaties. "Soft law" tools such as private standards and codes of conduct are less resource-intensive than treaties.

By: Braden Allenby, Gary Marchant