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Faculty Affiliate Olivia Mitchell discussed how fintech – or the use of technology to support banking and financial services – holds a great deal of promise, but how it’s not yet fully helping those saving for or living in retirement.
On April 13, Professor Tom Baker from Penn Law organized a workshop on “Robo Advisors at the Regulatory Crossroads,” with co-sponsorship from Penn’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition; Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, Georgetown University’s Institute for International Economic Law, and the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snap, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple — these companies have become household names, and the world today heavily relies on their services. To many, the benefits of cheap and easy connection to information are obvious, ranging from increased educational and career opportunities to an increased rate of technological innovation. However, as the pace of this progress accelerates, two distinct issues have remained concerning: the use of these technologies and access to them. The topic of this article mostly focuses on how people still lack access to the Internet. This lack of access to and of use of the Internet is known as the “digital divide.”
A recent paper by Faculty Affiliate Pinar Yildirim explores the increasingly common scenario of working alongside robots.
It suggests that, at the moment at least, there is often a fall in efficiency and productivity in such scenarios because the introduction of automation destabilizes human teams.
“The attraction of machines and robots is the potential increase in efficiency and the reduction in the cost of getting things done,” the research explains. “On the other hand, you have to think about the behavioral reactions of men and women who are now working alongside machines instead of humans.”
Trust Busting in Silicon Valley: Analyzing the Role of Antitrust Regulation in the Technology IndustryFrom checking the weather to reading the news, from interacting on social media to shopping for gifts, it is evident that technology plays an integral role in our daily lives. We can attribute the products that we use every day with just a few prominent technology companies. “Tech giants” or even the “Frightful Five,” the collective names given to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google (and by extension, its parent company Alphabet) underscore the idea that these technology companies significantly influence both our daily routines and the political and economic changes in our nation at large .