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Innovation and its consequences.
Big Data: Here to Stay, but with Caveats Edward Tenner 07/30/2014
Criticism of big data is due to three paradoxes. For starters, it's ubiquitous but hard to define.
Uber Upstarts: Technological Progress and Its Discontents Michael M. Rosen 07/18/2014
The battle between new smartphone-enabled 'transportation network companies' and legacy taxicabs largely mirrors the age-old war over productivity, a war that only ever has one outcome.
The Refrigerator's Cool Century Edward Tenner 07/03/2014
The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.
The Genetics Revolution Challenge and How to Incentivize Biomedical Research Arnold Kling 06/30/2014
The genetics revolution poses challenges to the way that the FDA and patent system influence medical research. Prize-grants could be better suited to providing incentives for the sort of research becoming valuable.
Aereo Decision a Boon, Not a Bane for Innovation Mark F. Shultz 06/26/2014
Aereo’s system was a case of legal engineering rather than technical ingenuity.
The Natural Gas Boom: Questions and Complications Vaclav Smil 06/15/2014
Complex changes do not bring unalloyed benefits, and rather than adhering to a simplistic infatuation with new riches, we should recognize a number of already obvious complications and ask a number of necessary questions.
The Future Electric Grid Mark P. Mills 05/31/2014
We hear increasingly that technology is making today’s electric utility model ‘obsolete’ and will put its companies into a ‘death spiral.’ Is it possible that so much has changed so quickly?
California’s New Solar Plant: Burning Up Taxpayer Money, Land, and Wildlife Benjamin Zycher 05/21/2014
While the federal government receives net payments for electricity-related oil and gas production on federal land, the net subsidy for the new Ivanpah solar plant is almost 300 times greater.
New FDA E-cigarette Regulations: Killing an Industry, Killing Smokers Gilbert Ross, M.D. 05/14/2014
If the FDA's proposed regulations go into force, the likely outcome is a severe reduction in consumer choice, and thus fewer smokers quitting and more dying needlessly.
Crowdfunders' Losing Deal Adam Gomolin 04/04/2014
Shouldn’t those who contribute the funds to launch successful startups also share in any profits?
 
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