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Trade, Technology, And Jobs: How To Think About Free Trade

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Friday, February 15, 2019

The consequences of free trade are very similar to what happens when a new technology is invented. In both cases goods and services get better and more affordable for everyone, new jobs are created, and some jobs are replaced. So, the next time someone proposes new trade barriers, imagine instead that they had proposed outlawing a new invention.


Marko Kounalakis: Globalization, Robots, And The Future Of Work

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia World Affairs
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis talks with Richard Baldwin about his new book, The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work.

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British Financial Historian Niall Ferguson Says Bitcoin Is “An Option On Digital Gold”

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Cryptosumer
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Niall Ferguson, British economic and financial historian, believes that Bitcoin (BTC) is “an option on digital gold,” as he said in an interview with a blockchain magazine Breaker Mag on Feb. 13.

Analysis and Commentary

Pay For Your Facebook posts?

by Chirantan Chatterjee, Haifeng Huangvia Economic Times (India)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Would democracy worldwide be safer if social media companies like Facebook self-regulated and made people actually pay for their posts? This is a valid question at a time when Facebook has started labelling ‘political ads’ before India goes to polls, while last week, regulators in Germany outlawed the company’s ‘unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data’ (read: ads) to user accounts.

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A Century Of Ideas: Technology, Innovation, And The Future Of The US Economy

Monday, May 20, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution

This session will discuss the historical sources of prosperity in the United States and will look at the drivers of prosperity over the next century. Panelists will also address the ongoing debate about the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on standards of living and the relevant facts and data to consider.

In the News

Does Technology Favor Tyranny?

quoting Timothy Garton Ash, Michael R. Auslin, Larry Diamond, Niall Fergusonvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces dealing with technology and authoritarianism. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take.

Analysis and Commentary

Jessica Riskin On Life, Machinery, And The Restless Clock

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 11, 2019

Historian Jessica Riskin of Stanford University talks about her book The Restless Clock with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. What is the difference between human beings and machines? How has science thought about this distinction? When do we have agency and when are we constrained? Riskin discusses these issues and the implications for how we think about ourselves and the growth of artificial intelligence.


Amy Zegart And Herb Lin: Bytes, Bombs And Spies

interview with Amy Zegart, Herbert Linvia CSPAN
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Amy Zegart and Herb Lin talk about the use of offensive cyber weapons by the US military.

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George Gilder: Forget Cloud Computing, Blockchain Is The Future

interview with George Gildervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 24, 2018

Author of Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, George Gilder on the future of technology.


Niall Ferguson: How To Grapple With The Growth Of Social Media

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the impact of social networking on modern society, which he lays out in his book "The Square And The Tower: Networks And Power, From The Freemasons To Facebook."


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