Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  1. The Coming Technology Policy Debate

    Michael J. Boskin

    The Coming Technology Policy Debate

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     calls for stronger policies to contain the risks of broadly beneficial innovations.

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    Technological progress brings far-reaching benefits, but it also poses increasingly serious threats to humankind. With governments and citizens already struggling with the consequences of recent innovations – from job displacement to security risks – technology policy is likely to take center stage in the coming decade. READ MORE
  2. Europe’s Surprising Tech Success

    William Echikson

    Europe’s Surprising Tech Success

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     cites massive growth in startup activity to dispel the myth that EU countries are digital laggards.

    man working on laptop tech startup Sean Gallup/Getty Images
    Europe is often viewed as a digital laggard, running far behind the US and Asia. But two new reports tell a very different story, showing how European startups are now taking the lead in artificial intelligence, creating new tech hubs, and attracting investment from traditional industrial stalwarts. READ MORE
  3. Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Problems

    J. Bradford DeLong

    Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Problems

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     challenges the assumption that technological progress necessarily impoverishes unskilled workers.

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    It is unhelpful to stoke fears about "the rise of the robots" or the possibility that artificial intelligence will take American jobs. If public policy ensures a fair balance of relative incomes across society, technological progress in a market economy need not impoverish unskilled workers. READ MORE
  4. A Normative Approach to Preventing Cyberwarfare

    Joseph S. Nye
  5. A Tax on Robots?

    Yanis Varoufakis

    A Tax on Robots?

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     has an alternative to Bill Gates's recent suggestion for offsetting the social costs of automation.

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    Bill Gates thinks that, to ease the social costs implied by automation’s displacement effects, robots should be required to pay taxes. But why make life under capitalism more complicated than it already is, when there is an alternative to a robot tax that is easy to implement and simple to justify? READ MORE
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