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April 2, 2021

Call For Proposals: Four Radical Ideas for a Better Society

Deadline for proposals

May 10, 2021

Conference date

November 09-10, 2021

Submit your radical policy idea for governing AI

Can basic income address the future of automated work? Should a public agency certify algorithms? How would we regulate AI-based decisions on platforms? Should there be ownership rights in data that fuel algorithms?  

With artificial intelligence rapidly transforming every aspect of our world, calls for regulation, governance, and oversight are on the rise. During the HAI 2021 Fall Conference, we will consider four radical proposals for governing AI. Each substantive session will feature the short presentation of one radical proposal with discussion by a panel of experts from multiple disciplines and backgrounds.

The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence invites you to propose a radical policy idea. Our panel of experts will review the submissions and choose proposals to discuss live at the conference. Policy ideas should be focused on the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity.

We welcome policy proposals from anyone, living anywhere, aimed at any geography or level of government. This event is not limited to the United States. 

Deadline for proposals: May 10, 2021. Selections will be announced by June 30, 2021

Eligibility: Open to the public. Limit one submission per person.

These are the Products People Value More in a Pandemic

July 17, 2020

Dan Kopf


July 17, 2020

Some products become a lot more valuable when you are forced to sit at home all day due to a pandemic. A serendipitous study of consumers in the UK tells us exactly which ones.

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Ranking How National Economies Adapt to Remote Work

July 18, 2020

Dr. Sarah Bana

Postdoctoral Fellow

Seth G. Benzell

Digital Fellow

Rodrigo Razo Solares

MIT Sloan Management Review

June 18, 2020

Understanding how a country’s mix of occupations, technology infrastructure, and demographic characteristics have affected people’s ability to work from home can help government and business leaders prepare for future disruptions.

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How can we rebuild America’s working class?

S-DEL Seminar Series | March 9, 2021

The American dream promised that if you worked hard, you could move up, with well-paying working-class jobs providing a gateway to an ever-growing middle class.

Today, however, we have increasing inequality, not economic convergence. Technological advances are putting quality jobs out of reach for workers who lack the proper skills and training.

MIT’s William Bonvillian and Sanjay Sarma recently joined Stanford Digital Economy Lab Director Erik Brynjolfsson to discuss their book, Workplace Education: A New Roadmap. The new release offers a roadmap for rebuilding America’s working class and argues that we need to train more workers more quickly with innovative methods of workforce education being developed across the country.


Podcast: Reinventing Education for The Second Machine Age

S-DEL News | March 22, 2021

Feb 10, 2021

47 mins

Stanford Digital Economy Lab Director Erik Brynjolfsson joins the Sprint to Success with Design Thinking podcast to discuss reinventing industries and shaping our destiny in an era of rapid digital transformation. Erik shares his optimistic view of the relationship between humans and machines, and talks about the need to reinvent education. 

Listen now

How Should We Measure the Digital Economy?

December 1, 2019

Avinash Collis

Digital Fellow

Harvard Business Review

November-December 2019 issue

Macroeconomic indicators can be precisely measured, but they tell only part of the story. Well-being metrics convey a truer picture of how consumers are doing, but they are more subjective. By considering an array of measures, including our GDP-B metric, policy makers, regulators, and investors can establish a better foundation for decision making.

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S-DEL Seminar Series: Sinan Aral and the Hype Machine

October 7, 2020

S-DEL Seminar Series

MIT professor Sinan Aral is one of the world’s leading experts on social media.

In his new book, The Hype MachineSinan demonstrates how social media affects our decision-making and shapes our world in ways both useful and dangerous. 

Stanford Digital Economy Lab Director Erik Brynjolfsson recently sat down (virtually) with Sinan to talk about how social media is shaping information, behaviors, and society—including our elections.

Watch the full video here.

ICYMI: A recap of our AI & The Future of Work Conference

November 11, 2020

Sachin Walker

November 11, 2020

The Stanford Digital Economy Lab’s first conference featured conversations and insights from visionary leaders across industries and sectors.

How is AI changing the future of work? What digital-technology practices and policies will promote fairness and equality? How can government incorporate digital technologies to best serve constituents?

These and other questions took center stage at Stanford Digital Economy Lab’s inaugural event, the AI & the Future of Work Conference, on Oct. 27, 2020. The virtual conference assembled a roster of visionary researchers, executives, and policy experts to share their perspectives on the impact of AI and other digital technologies.


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