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Erik Brynjolfsson and colleagues share findings from a study that looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on remote work.
Professors Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth College, and Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University, share insights into why some platform-based businesses have been able to pivot and thrive amidst the COVID-19 restrictions while others flounder.
Economists Susan Athey, Stanford, and Daron Acemoglu, MIT, will be testifying at today’s House Budget Committee hearing on artificial intelligence and the workforce.
This guest post emphasizes that while emerging technologies such as natural language processing and machine learning promise to make public sector services more efficient, they also pose ethical challenges in implementation.
In “The Allocation of Decision Authority to Human and Artificial Intelligence” economists Susan Athey, Kevin Bryan, and Joshua Gans share an analysis of how humans and artificial intelligence could work effectively together in the decision-making process.
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom has studied working-from-home (WFH) and its impact on employees, firms, and societies for many years. In this article, he presents new results from a US survey on WFH during the coronavirus pandemic.
MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu discusses the policies in place that support companies’ choices to increase automation, and he outlines a course of action for policy reforms and technology development that could benefit workers of all skills and backgrounds.
Mary L. Gray, faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, calls out the tech sector for exacerbating “the systemic racism and health disparities that have given the pandemic its grotesque shape in our country — because they ignore them.”
Harvard Business School professor William Kerr shares insights from recent research on business leaders’ views about high-skilled immigration.
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.
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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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Small Tech Stocks Soar as the Future Arrives Early

“When it comes to remote work in particular, the past 10 weeks have seen more changes than we’ve seen in the previous 20 years. We haven’t seen anything like it since World War II” — Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, Digital Economy Lab at Stanford University

Erik Brynjolfsson
The New York Times
September 17, 2020

Featured Article

The Self-Driving Car Generation Gap

For older people, cars are an important symbol of personal freedom, and they are unlikely to embrace self-driving cars; commercial services and millennials will adopt autonomous vehicles first.

By: Braden Allenby