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Innovation and Economic Growth

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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Trump to Launch Artificial Intelligence Initiative, But Many Details Lacking

"The White House’s latest executive order correctly highlights AI as a major priority for U.S. policymaking." — Kate Crawford, Co-Director, AI Now


Kate Crawford
Source: Science
February 11, 2019

Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence

"The good news is America’s research infrastructure in artificial intelligence is leading the world. But other countries are making much more aggressive investments and rapidly closing the gap, especially China." — Erik Brynjolfsson, Professor of Economics, MIT


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: AP News
February 11, 2019

Why Business Leaders Shouldn’t Have Blind Faith in AI

"I’ve seen companies blow hundreds of millions of dollars by letting engineers make decisions without the input of business people. Machine learning solves simple problems, but it is not sentient. And it struggles when applied to many business problems." — Susan Athey, Professor of Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business


Susan Athey
Source: Fast Company
February 6, 2019

Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

"The view that we should not worry about any of these things and follow technology to wherever it will go is insane. In the standard economic canon, the proposition that you can increase productivity and harm labor is bunkum." — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Daron Acemoglu
Source: The New York Times
February 4, 2019

Is that tweet from a human? N.J. lawmaker wants bots to identify themselves, but experts have concerns.

"So while on its face it doesn’t require someone to say who they are, as enforced it has that potential, and it creates a tool to unmask people just by calling them bots." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
December 28, 2018

China Is Achieving AI Dominance by Relying on Young Blue-Collar Workers

The article explains how China is embracing a new type of work in order to be a world leader in artificial intelligence: the country relies on young “data labelers” who work eight hours a day processing massive amounts of data to feed algorithms and train automated systems. James Bessen, Boston University School of Law, is quoted.
James Bessen
Source: Motherboard
December 21, 2018

Our Pick of the Decade’s Eight Best Young Economists

The Economist names MIT’s Heidi Williams among "the decade's eight best young economists." Professor Williams is lauded for her pursuit of a "more rigorous understanding of technological progress in medicine and health care."


Heidi Williams
Source: The Economist
December 18, 2018

Big Tech Is Way Too Big

"There's been a profound change in the tech economy, and I think one that's very dangerous for the United States' economy. Right now, what we're seeing is a lack of innovation. A lack of starts. That's why I think it's important to have a shake-up of the industry every so often." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University


Tim Wu
Source: CNN
December 17, 2018

Facial Recognition Has to Be Regulated to Protect the Public, Says AI Report

"It’s time to regulate facial recognition and affect recognition. Claiming to ‘see’ into people’s interior states is neither scientific nor ethical." — Kate Crawford, Distinguished Research Professor, New York University


Kate Crawford
Source: MIT’s Technology Review
December 6, 2018

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk

"The way it would happen would be we would take something that everybody agrees is terrible — something like suicide, which is epidemic, something like child pornography, something like terrorism — so these early things, and then if they show promise in these sectors, we broaden them to more and more things. And that's a concern." — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington


M. Ryan Calo
Source: NPR’s All Things Considered
November 17, 2018
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Kate Crawford's New Book Examines the Power, Politics, and Planetary Costs of AI

In her new book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, Professor Kate Crawford, USC Annenberg School of Communication, offers a material and political perspective on what it takes to make AI and how it centralizes power.

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Fact Sheets

High Skilled Immigration Reform

The United States immigration policy is the set of laws and provisions that regulates the entry and the stay of non-US citizens on national territory. High-skilled, college-educated immigrants contribute to scientific and technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and job-creation in the U.S.

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Competing in the Age of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) enables the rapid growth of a new type of firm. Many traditional firms now compete directly with AI-based firms. Business strategies and competitive processes are changing.

By: Marco Iansiti, Karim R. Lakhani