AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago I participated in an MIT roundtable that explored where future jobs will likely come from, given our increasingly powerful, inexpensive and smart technologies. Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs?

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture?

Solow Paradox 2.0: The Lagging Impact of Technology Advances on Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Which is why few topics have generated as much concern among economists and policy makers as the sharp decline in productivity growth in the US and other advanced economies over the past decade, - despite accelerating technology advances.

Insights into effective social media policies

Ross Dawson

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself.

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Foundation index, measures the fast moving advances in technology performance and adoption, as well as the shifts of global public policy that are reducing the barriers to entry and movement. This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.

[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. Karim says that Allen, Meyer and Nuvolari have shown that historically, intermediate disclosure has been an important source of technological progress.

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. Our present age of information and communication technologies (ICT), whose starting point she pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution.

Bridging the World’s Knowledge Divide: Technology + Competition, Skills and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty , a meeting that brought together around 50-60 policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs. Digital technologies are necessary but not sufficient.

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[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group.

The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. You might say the country has bifurcated into different social tribes, with a tenuous common culture linking them.”

Can AI & Bots Help Create A More Positive Nonprofit Workplace Culture?

Beth Kanter

Much of this has to do with how people appreciate each other as well as building a sense of community, followed by activities and supporting policies in the workplace. It is one of many HR & Culture Slack Apps. Organizational Culture Resilience

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy. They need to make the next-wave digital evolution a central policy goal. “The next wave of digital innovation is coming.

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I I think the aspect of IBM’s culture that was the most remarkable to me was the ability of any individual, any team, any division to block agreement or action. The digital technology revolution marches on.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. We also find these technologies are giving students with special needs a new voice, and to connect with their teachers and classmates. So, we see this huge growth in technology.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.

A Novel Method for Measuring the Value of Free Digital Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures.

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Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth Kanter

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post called “ Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs Change ,” about why nonprofit professionals need to pay attention to self-care and bring a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace. (The

AI and our Social Interactions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This new interdisciplinary College is MIT’s response to the rise of artificial intelligence, - a profoundly powerful technology that will likely reshape our economy, society and personal lives in the decades to come. We have to work on the real world as hard as we work on our technology.

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The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The gift is part of a $1 billion commitment to reshape MIT to help it better address the continuing advances in technology in our 21st century digital economy, as well as their many applications , - both the exciting opportunities and the difficult challenges.

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Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. For a while now, I have been thinking about how technology and innovation can best be applied to services. My interest in technology-based services innovation was heightened last summer when I read an excellent report, Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service innovation , based upon a study sponsored by the UK Royal Society.

Globalization in Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New automation technologies, changing factor costs, an expanding set of risks, and the increasing importance of speed to market in some industries are all driving localization in many goods-producing value chains.”.

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The Business Value of Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Industrial Revolution was “as much about process innovations that reduced waste and increased productivity as it was about the application of new technologies,” wrote Roger Martin in a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, - The High Price of Efficiency.

The Impact of AI on the World Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report’s overriding finding was that AI technologies and applications will increase global GDP by up to 14% between now and 2030, the equivalent of an additional $15.7 Over time, AI will likely become such a historical transformative technology.

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Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that it’s a truly brilliant architecture, built on decades-old fundamental research in cryptography, distributed data, distributed computing, game theory and other advanced technologies.

Does Your Nonprofit Organization’s Culture Eat French Fries for Breakfast?

Beth Kanter

Organizations must support staffs’ self-care efforts through clearly articulate values, policies, and programs. You need to understand whether your organization’s culture is one where happy, healthy can thrive or will be ignored, or even worse ridiculed. Flickr Photo by Kris Krug.

The World Bank’s Human Capital Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All around the world, the demand for workers who are good at complex problem-solving, interactions with clients and colleagues, and able to adapt to new tools and technologies is rising, while the demand for less advanced skills that can be replaced by technology is declining.

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Towards an ET (Energy Technologies) Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his new book, as well as in his articles and Op Ed columns , Tom has been vigorously talking about the power of green, the incredible economic opportunities available to those working towards an ET - Energy Technology - revolution, a revolution every bit as transformative and disruptive as the IT revolution has been. The Energy Biosciences Institute and similar programs around the world are ushering a massive energy technology revolution.

Notes About Mobile, Digital Trends, and Social Media Leadership from Knight Digital Media Center Workshop

Beth Kanter

There were 2o people in the dining party, and AppleBee’s policy is to add the 18% tip automatically to any parties over 6. The bill was divided up and Alois Bell wrote on her receipt, “I give God 10% why do you get 18%?”

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The Jobs Outlook for 2022

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - starting in the 1960s, - saw the advent of digital technologies, computers, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. Jobs that are based on and enhanced by the use of technology are set to experience increasing demand.

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Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Top economists and policy makers have proposed a number of explanations for the economic slowdown, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the reasons, on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it. In Demographics and Automation , published in March, 2019, Acemoglu and Restrepo analyzed the impact of an aging labor force on economic growth and automation based on a simple model of technology adoption and innovation.

Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The optimal technology for such an inherently safe data ecosystem is currently being built and tested [in] MIT’s Enigma project.”. I recently participated in a Treasury Identity Forum organized by the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

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The Impact of Automation on Everyday Life

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past October, the Pew Research Center released Automation in Everyday Life , a report on what Americans think about advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics, and the impact they expect them to have on their everyday lives.

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Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. Is it a currency, commodity or technology?

The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Like many technological advances, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been long in coming. The estimate is based on the likely evolution of technology over the next 10 years, the rates of IoT adoption, economic and demographic trends, and several other factors. Public Policy.

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The Identity Challenge: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report outlines a policy agenda for improving the privacy and security of digital systems and help combat identity fraud. Inherent in any policy change that removes use of the SSN as an authenticator is a way to replace it with something better.

How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Section II looks into AI’s overall impact on various sectors of the economy, while the third Section, examines AI issues related to public policy. With self-driving car technology, people will have more time to work or entertain themselves during their commutes.

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Hidden Wealth: Science, Technology and Services Innovation in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This excellent report represents the findings of a major study on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovation in the services sector. c and technological developments (many of which originated in fundamental ‘blue skies’ research), have precipitated major transformations in services industries and public services, most notably through the advent of the internet and world-wide-web.

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report noted that “over the past several years, several pieces of emerging technology have linked together in ways that make it easier to build far more powerful, human-like digital assistants.”. Rather, AI technologies continue to get better in a continual, incremental way.”.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Senate Science and Technology Caucus

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We met out in Silicon Valley to discuss how technology was driving an economic transformation. We concluded that the effects on wealth and income are already significant, and emerging technologies promise greater effects in the coming decade.