By Jack KarstenEmerging technologies such as fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics promise to transform most sectors of the economy. Many jobs are becoming more technology-intensive, and all workers will need some baseline technology skills as a result. To discuss how workers can meet the changing skills demands of the digital economy,…
In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.
By Dhruv Gandhi This week, the World Bank released the latest issue of Africa’s Pulse–a biannual publication highlighting key macroeconomic trends in sub-Saharan Africa. The report highlights the region’s continued weak recovery from the commodity price shock in 2014, with 2018 GDP growth projected at 2.3 percent, lower than the rate of population growth. The…
Peter Ashlock has completed 25,000 trips for Uber. As insiders cash in with what may be a $100 billion public offering, he’s on the road to nowhere.
Conflicting national laws on harmful content could have unintended consequences for the global internet.
The world’s largest ride-hailing service unveiled its prospectus for what is likely to be the biggest initial public offering for years.
It was only the second flight for what is the most powerful rocket now available on Earth, improving on its spectacular test launch in 2018.
Senate Armed Services Committee recognizes importance of space while offering divergent views on Space Force
The Senate Armed Services Committee acknowledged April 11 that maintaining U.S. superiority in space is a national imperative but expressed skepticism that creating a Space Force as a new, sixth branch of military is the best approach for achieving that goal.
By Tom Wheeler Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed using the antitrust laws to break up the large digital platform companies. As it should, the proposal from a former Harvard Law School professor who also happens to be running for president of the United States has received much attention. There can be little doubt that…
By Aaron Klein Banks have been in the business of deciding who is eligible for credit for centuries. But in the age of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and big data, digital technologies have the potential to transform credit allocation in positive as well as negative directions. Given the mix of possible societal ramifications,…
China, whose initial enthusiasm about cryptocurrencies has waned, may order its local governments not to support the industry.
Here’s how to save your tax records digitally so you can get rid of the paper in your home office.
To stay competitive, developers and landlords are being driven to add telecommunications infrastructure, video screens and, yes, glass that tints itself automatically.
Want cheap data and phone calls when you’re abroad? Here’s how.
By Niam Yaraghi Social media companies are under increased scrutiny for their mishandling of hateful speech and fake news on their platforms. There are two ways to consider a social media platform: On one hand, we can view them as technologies that merely enable individuals to publish and share content, a figurative blank sheet of…
The digital pin board company set a price range for its I.P.O. that would value the business below its last private market valuation of $12 billion.
Unlike at social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the people who respond to reports of harassment are largely unpaid volunteers.
Baseball is back, and fans can anticipate another season of amazing catches, overpowering pitching, tape-measure home runs – and, yes, controversial calls that lead to blow-ups between umpires and players. Home plate umpires are at the heart of baseball; every single pitch can require a judgment call. Yet ask any fan or player, and they’ll…
For Karen Uhlenbeck, winner of the Abel Prize for math, a whimsical phenomenon offers a window onto higher dimensions.
The digital pin board company is setting a price range for its I.P.O. that will put it at below its last private market valuation of $12 billion.