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

As the July issue of Foreign Affairs reminds us with five articles on the subject, advances in AI and robotics “are causing us to take yet another world-historical leap into the unknown.” Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs?

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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 issue is largely about the company’s trust of staff.

How Fun and Creativity Can Shape Your Own Social Computing Guidelines and Policy

Luis Suarez

I remember the day when IBM was first facing that very same issue , on whether to put together a social computing policy and guidelines or not. which explains quite nicely their own social media policy that they are using: Fun stuff, eh?

International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

Not every student in my class is focused on the same policy issue. In fact the range of issues is pretty wide ranging. They will be placed with organizations working on policies in these areas, many part of large international networks, nonprofits, and government.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

e-mail and the Web are great examples of killer apps, having played a crucial role in the mainstream adoption of the Internet. Blockchain and Identity Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How should business address the very important issues now surrounding globalization? For example, when asked to guess the percentage of first generation immigrants in the US population, Americans said that the figure was in the 32%-42% range, while the actual number is under 15%.

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Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In their opinion, the high cost of living, unemployment and jobs, the gap between rich and poor and taxes are the top issues facing the US economy, ahead by a fairly wide margin over corporate corruption, loss of manufacturing jobs, and falling or stagnant wages.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These managerial elites have effectively controlled the major means of production in their economies as well as key policy planning institutions in government. Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article noted that regulators, policy makers and academics in Europe and the US are increasingly concerned that the vast data assets of digital giants could become a competitive barrier to startups and innovation.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their deployment time-lags are longer because attaining their full benefits requires a number of complementary co-inventions and investments, including additional technologies, applications, processes, business models, and regulatory policies.

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the past two decades we’ve seen a number of examples where the combination of humans and machines make better decisions that either one on its own. Sabermetrics , - the use of statistics in baseball to project a player’s performance and career, - is one such prominent example.

HTLGI2013 Quack Policy

Dave Snowden

The one good thing he brought out was the substitution issue, but his wider argument of the right to enjoy was based on a primitive concept of exchange and rational decision making which to be honest was pathetic. Looking at one piece of evidence based policy.

A Nonprofit’s Legal Counsel Is The Social Media Manager’s Best Friend!

Beth Kanter

And let me say upfront, I respect lawyers and legal issues that nonprofits and foundations have to navigate around social media. The “ Influencing Public Policy in A Digital Age ” is their comprehensive guide. Legal Issues and Social Media.

Entrepreneurship and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What we heard at those roundtables was nothing short of remarkable - and critically important from the standpoint of potential policy solutions. In 2011, for example, 47.5 Our immigration policies are insane”; .

Automation and Employment in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the 1810s, for example, the so-called Luddites smashed the new machines that were threatening their textile jobs. Government policies can significantly slow adoption, as does the need to change organizational processes and practices across the economy. Role of policy-makers. “

The Smart London Plan

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Smart London is experimenting with a number of digital tools, including the ability to engage online in policy development. “We’re also increasing Londoners’ digital skills….

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The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

During the meeting, the TRB Executive Committee held a policy session on the impact of big data on transportation systems. Such systems have to deal not only with tough technology, hardware and software issues, but with the even tougher issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. .

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Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures. it noted in its report issued in September of 2009. “So what are good policies by looking at what policies have promoted.

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.

Customer Service and Trust in the Internet Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s look, for example, at the recent collapse of the planned Comcast - Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. . Their negative feelings in turn influenced and amplified media and policy opinions. The real issue was broadband.” .

Does giving teachers bonuses improve student performance.

Dan Pink

One of the hottest ideas in education policy these days is tying teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests. Our issues with education in America do not have any “one” root problem. Folks pull out the old college example to defend school choice, charters, etc.,

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.

Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, to buy alcohol, all you need is proof that the individual is over the legal drinking age. I recently participated in a Treasury Identity Forum organized by the US Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

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Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Organized by the Brookings Institution , the Blum Roundtable brings together policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs from all over the world. Access to good jobs is becoming a serious issue not only in advanced economies but also across the world.

The Future of Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The full issue can be downloaded here. . It’s likely that different regions, countries, and individuals will have different fates, depending on the strength and flexibility of their institutions and policies.”

The Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, it took Watson 85,000 watts of power to beat two guys with 20 watts of power each in their brains. The complexity of many human endeavors, - including medical diagnoses, financial advice, formulating business strategy or setting government policies, - has outgrown our ability to make good decisions on our own. On October 21 I participate in a Colloquium on the Frontiers of IT at IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Center.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are usually taken by high levels of management as they set the long-term directions and policies of a business, government or other organizations. For example, I recently traveled to a Latin America city I had not been to before.

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Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The document was developed by Chile’s National Innovation Council for Competitiveness (CNIC) , a public-private organization charged with providing advice to the President of the Republic on policies that will strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the country.

The Digital Evolution Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Institutional Environment : Are government policies and regulations facilitating the creation of digital ecosystems? In Europe, for example, the Nordic countries follow analogous trajectories, fairly distinct from the trajectories of Central and Southern countries.

What???s the Key Economic Challenge of the Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that these are both important challenges, but of the two, which should be at the top of our policy priorities? And,  Piketty writes in the epic philosophical mode of Keynes, Marx, or Adam Smith rather than in the dry, technocratic prose of most contemporary academic economists. The important issues he deals with should viewed in broad, societal terms, rather than in narrow numerical terms. .

Corporate Social Media Policies

Tony Karrer

and is asking about a very important issue. This is a big issue. I've posted before a list of Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 Corporate Access that shows that a significant number of corporate policies are to shut down access to the tools. What if employees use social media to publicize HR issues, or to gain "supporters" to their cause? Do we have IBM or client examples of stats, use cases or any other stories that address these concerns?

STEM Literacy and Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, a 2006 report by the National Academy of Engineering on the need to reforming engineering education noted that “New graduates were technically well prepared but lacked the professional skills for success in a competitive, innovative, global marketplace.

Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2009, for example, the UK’s Royal Society published the findings of a major study - Hidden Wealth: the contributions of science to service sector innovation , - which highlights the key role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on the evolution of services.

Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

is the lead article in the January 12 issue of The Economist. Productivity is generally driven by innovative ways of leveraging workers and resources through technological, organizational and policy advances. Medicine offers another example. Has the ideas machine broken down?

How is the Real America Doing?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’re once more navigating an economic transition, this time to an information-based digital economy ; dealing with the employment challenges caused by this historical transition; and trying to come up with a reasonable immigration policy.

The Social Progress Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Foundations of Wellbeing and Opportunity show a similar flattening with rising incomes, but there is considerably more variability between countries at all levels of income depending on their distinct policy agendas. Complex Systems Economic Issues Political Issues Society and Culture

The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization that aims “to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.” Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, the plenary panel I was part of included Olusegun Obasanjo , President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 and Alejandro Toledo , President of Peru from 2001 to 2006. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and CultureThe Club de Madrid is an independent, non-profit organization of 80 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 56 different countries founded in 2001.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The year end issue of The Economist includes a provocative column - Big and clever: Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones. The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. Mandel cites health, energy and education as examples of large-scale integrated systems in dire need of reform.