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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stands during a break in testimony before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data. Credit: Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein
September 19, 2018
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How Much Is Your Private Data Worth — and Who Should Own It?

In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.

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A woman uses the remote to change the channel on the TV. Credit: iStock/franckreporter
July 13, 2018
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Can Ad-Skipping Be Good for Advertisers?

TV sponsors will soon know when you click away, and that’s valuable information.
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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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May 9, 2017
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Michal Kosinski: AI Is Already Smarter Than We Are

In part two of a three part series, a data scientist explores how artificial intelligence developed a mind of its own.
May 9, 2017
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Michal Kosinski: Can We Out Evolve Artificial Intelligence?

The human mind will outsmart AI in the end, says Michal Kosinski in the final piece of a three part series.
May 9, 2017
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Michal Kosinski: The End of Privacy

In part one of a three part series, a Stanford GSB professor discusses a controversial algorithm that knows more about you than your best friend.
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
Written

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
Written

Andrew Ng: Why AI Is the New Electricity

A computer scientist discusses artificial intelligence’s promise, hype, and biggest obstacles.
March 10, 2017
Written

Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot

Susan Athey wants to help machine-learning applications look beyond correlation and into root causes.
January 23, 2017
Written

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
Infographic

This Demographic is Creating Companies Faster Than Any Other

A new report surveys Latino entrepreneurs.