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Value in the Age of AI

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    Agents of Automation

    Sami Mahroum

    Bold, specific, and usually alarming predictions about automation and coming job losses obscure a basic fact: the future remains uncertain. Whether technology is used to liberate or enslave us is always ultimately the responsibility of the humans in charge.

    pushes back on the emerging consensus that whatever new technologies can do they inevitably will do.
  2. mahroum20_Andreas RentzGetty Images_dronedeliverydhl Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

    Automation and Human Agency

    Sami Mahroum advocates a new approach to technological innovation that would strengthen resilience to shocks like COVID-19.
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    Globalizing the AI Revolution in Health Care

    Dominik Ruettinger calls for new worldwide standards to facilitate the collection of anonymized patient data for medical research.
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    Realizing the Potential of AI Localism

    Stefaan G. Verhulst & Mona Sloane explain how cities can take the lead in creating a governance framework for uses of artificial intelligence.
  5. richter1_Edmond SoSouth China Morning Post via Getty Images_chinaantfinancialalipaydigitaltech Edmond So/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

    The Power of AI in Emerging Markets

    Frank-Jürgen Richter explains why not only developed economies stand to benefit from broad adoption of artificial intelligence.
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    Why AI Will Not Abolish Work

    Andrea Komlosy calls for a rethink of what counts as economically valuable activity as new technologies displace paid labor.
  7. brown61_Malte Mueller Getty Images_womancomputerdata Malte Mueller/Getty Images

    Closing the Education-Technology Gap

    Gordon Brown & Anant Agarwal show how online platforms can be used to furnish the skills needed for a rapidly changing labor market.
  8. sargent1_Wenjie Dong Getty Images_AIdatahuman Wenjie Dong/Getty Images

    The AI Frontier of Economic Theory

    Thomas J. Sargent anticipates that big data and artificial intelligence will lead to new models of behavior and outcomes.
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    Automating Segregation

    Nicholas Agar worries that involuntary social interactions will be one of the casualties of the digital economy.

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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
  6. james200_Sean GladwellGetty Images_worldconnection Sean Gladwell/Getty Images

    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
  7. stiglitz314_ Drew AngererGetty Images_jeromepowell Drew Angerer/Getty Images

    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
  8. slaughter95_Ritesh ShuklaGetty Images_modi Ritesh Shukla/Getty Images

    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

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