Don’t assume the coming Biden Boom means a shift to rapid and sustainable growth

Generating economic growth is difficult. For most of human history, there wasn’t much of it. Now we often take it for granted. Policymakers often think too little about growth impacts when they consider raising taxes ....

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How American universities can promote innovation: My long-read Q&A with Korok Ray

A key component of America’s ability to innovate is its world-renowned system of higher education, which is the envy of the world. However, there’s room for improvement. Universities can do more to promote the inventive ....

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How environmental regulation could undercut Elon Musk’s $100 million innovation prize

Elon Musk is funding a $100 million innovation prize — apparently the largest in history — to fight climate change. The goal of the four-year competition, according to XPrize, is to encourage “innovators and teams ....

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How will artificial intelligence shape our future? My long-read Q&A with Darrell M. West

Artificial intelligence is becoming more common every year, with applications in industries ranging from medicine to transportation to the service sector. Many people see this technology as a means of finally escaping the disappointing productivity ....

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What the lack of ‘urban air mobility’ says about America’s long downshift in productivity growth

How close are we to a world of “flying cars” dotting the skies, whether owned personally or as corporate air taxis? Certainly the embryonic sector keeps generating news, though not all of it encouraging. Bloomberg ....

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Assessing USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s tenure, part I

Yesterday, with the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th president of the United States, Andrei Iancu, the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since February 2018, logged his last ....

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5 questions for Johan Norberg on the benefits of an open society

Societies prosper when they’re based around openness to innovation and outsiders, but there’s no guarantee that such an embrace will last forever. Indeed, humanity spent hundreds of thousands of years living in small, subsistent tribes, ....

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The right and wrong lessons from ‘crisis innovation’ during the pandemic

I’ve noticed that when politicians want to run big-idea, optimistic ads, those ads often tick off some of America’s great accomplishments: winning World War II, the Civil Rights movement, landing on the Moon. But what ....

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