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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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Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School, presents his recent research on intellectual property rights and innovation in China.
Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor Evan Selinger and his Future of Privacy Forum colleague Brenda K Leong argue that technology companies “should ensure their ethics boards are guided by universal human rights.”
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom shares research from studies with three other colleagues about the slowing rate of productivity. He argues that “the productivity of science and discovery has been falling for decades.”
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Wharton School of Business professor Kevin Werbach shares his insights on why Facebook is entering the cryptocurrency business.
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.
Matthew Slaughter, Dean of 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.
The Economics of Artificial Intelligence: An Agenda, edited by Rotman School of Management professors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb, seeks to set the agenda for the economic research on the impact of AI.
Mary Gray and Siddharth Suri’s new book, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, explores the lives of people who are paid to train artificial intelligence and serve as “humans in the loop” delivering on-demand information services.
University of Florida law professor Daniel Sokol and Stanford University Fellow Chirantan Chatterjee examine the risk of cybersecurity vulnerabilities within merger and acquisition activity.
TAP Scholars Danielle Citron, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Ryan Calo, University of Washington, examine the trend of automation in agency decision-making, and find the automation of the administrative state “deeply concerning”.
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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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Remote work is a leveller — location doesn't matter. Only your internet does

So, people can end up working in silos, growing weaker at making new connections, which are actually very helpful in innovation. Unless we figure this out, there could be a long-run problem with innovation slipping.  — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas Bloom
The Economic Times
February 20, 2021

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