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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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A report from Cornell Tech’s Speed Conference shares research in areas of autonomous vehicles, warfare, information security, labor and manufacturing, content moderation, and finance.
University of Maryland law professor Frank Pasquale discusses concerns with mental health apps being used as digital substitutes for mental health professionals.
Harvard business professor William Kerr stresses: “Public leaders considering a fact-based case for high-skill immigration is more important than ever.”
Among the topics discussed at this year’s Searle Center antitrust conference were the effect of acquisitions on startup projects, the potential for coordination after mergers, and competition policy and innovation.
Stanford economics professor Susan Athey explains why she believes the field of economics and machine learning is “on the verge of exploding.”
A new article by Danielle Citron and her co-author Robert Chesney provides the first comprehensive survey of the harms caused by “deep fake” technology, and examines the powerful incentives that deep fakes produce for privacy-destructive solutions.
George Washington law professor Daniel Solove discusses several ethical issues connected with the advances of artificial intelligence.
Rotman School of Management economists Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb, and Ajay Agrawal discuss how regulatory policy and policies to mitigate potential negative consequences could impact the adoption of AI.
Harvard economics professor Shane Greenstein uses the development of blockchain technology to illustrate the economic elements of technological breakthroughs.
Harvard economics professor Shane Greenstein provides a grounded sense of the future of automation and machine learning.
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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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As facial-recognition technology grows, so does wariness about privacy. Use at a school in Seattle fuels debate.

"Those with unfettered access to your data, and especially those whose usage of your own data you cannot inquire about or limit, have power over you." — Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti
The Seattle Times
September 28, 2018

Featured Article

SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment

Machines that can actually think are referred to as strong Artificial intelligence (AI). The First Amendment might protect speech by strong AI. Courts focused on the value of speech to listeners and the need to constrain government power will be sympathetic to this view.

By: Margot Kaminski, Helen Norton, Toni M. Massaro