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San Marcos student Amaris Gonzalez takes a selfie with "Pepper" an artificial Intelligence project utilizing a humanoid robot. | Reuters/Mike Blake
May 23, 2018
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Susan Athey: Why Business Leaders Shouldn’t Have Blind Faith in AI

Telling cats from dogs is easy. It’s the what-ifs that get problematic.

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A man looks at his Google Pixel phone | Reuter/Stephen Lam
January 22, 2018
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How Engineering’s Blind Spot Creates Runaway Monopolies

One of Big Tech’s biggest problems is that designers too often forget to put a soul in the machine.
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Photo illustration of early sewing factory and computer chip. | Tricia Seibold (with art from iStock/elen11)
December 8, 2017
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Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech?

A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact.

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People shop for food at a supermarket | Reuters/Edgar Su
September 19, 2017
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How One-Stop Shopping Benefits Consumers

Retailers keep prices low across categories to avoid losing customers to competitors.

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Michal Kosinski | Lauren -
August 14, 2017
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Podcast: Michal Kosinski Shares his Vision of a World Without Privacy

Should your digital footprint be public?

Latest Stories on Big Data

April 11, 2017
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Can Job Referrals Improve Employee Diversity?

New research looks at how referrals impact promotions of minorities and women.
March 28, 2017
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The Risk of an Unwavering Vision

A new study concludes that successful tech firms are often “discovered and not planned.”
March 13, 2017
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Is It Ever OK to Sell (or Buy) a Kidney?

Research seeks ways to reduce wait times and increase matches for kidney transplants.
March 11, 2017
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Andrew Ng: Why AI Is the New Electricity

A computer scientist discusses artificial intelligence’s promise, hype, and biggest obstacles.
March 10, 2017
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Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot

Susan Athey wants to help machine-learning applications look beyond correlation and into root causes.
January 23, 2017
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Is Tech Disruption Good for the Economy?

An analysis of 85 years’ worth of patents shows that technological innovation boosts total wealth.
January 18, 2017
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This Demographic is Creating Companies Faster Than Any Other

A new report surveys Latino entrepreneurs.
January 17, 2017
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Turns Out That Opposites Don’t Attract After All

A study of “digital footprints” suggests that you’re probably drawn to personalities a lot like yours.
November 7, 2016
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How Bankers with Political Connections Benefited from TARP

Researchers find connected bankers benefited by trading shares in their banks before government cash infusions.
October 26, 2016
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The Latest Advice for Post-Disaster Therapy: Have Fun

Researchers use phone records to measure the “hedonic behavior” of earthquake victims.