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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.

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