The “techlash” is a story of extreme pendulum swings—from an era in which splashy product launches earned gushing media reviews to a relentless crisis narrative in which the tech industry is viewed
Innovation Files Podcast
April 5, 2021
Podcast: How Pack Journalism and Predictable Crisis PR Responses Have Influenced the Techlash, With Nirit Weiss-Blatt
March 22, 2021
Podcast: The Hype, the Hope, and the Practical Realities of Artificial Intelligence, With Pedro Domingos
The truth is AI isn’t nearly as advanced as most people imagine. Rob and Jackie separate fact from fiction and discuss the policy path forward with Pedro Domingos, emeritus professor of computer science at the University of Washington.
March 8, 2021
There weren’t many Chinese tech companies that the Trump administration didn’t sanction or at least threaten. What did that achieve in the technological race with China? What was the impact on the American brand writ large? And what should the Biden administration do next?
February 22, 2021
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is at the center of a contentious, high-stakes debate about free speech, intermediary liability, and the future of the Internet.
February 8, 2021
Understanding what AI can do—and perhaps more importantly what it cannot—is critical for understanding the substantial benefits AI can bring to many sectors of the economy and society.
January 25, 2021
Venture capital firms have reined in their funding for resource-intensive start-ups trying to commercialize new technologies in fields such as clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and robotics. Rob and Jackie discuss what’s needed to maintain a robust VC ecosystem in the United States with veteran angel investor Dan Scheinman.
January 11, 2021
Rob and Jackie talk about the unfounded fears surrounding GMOs with L. Val Giddings, senior fellow at ITIF and leading expert on policy relating to biotechnology innovations in agriculture and biomedicine.
December 21, 2020
The United States has no national, coordinated innovation policy system. In fact, its overall innovation system has been deteriorating.
December 7, 2020
Rob and Jackie discuss the state of computer science education in the United States and abroad—and why policymakers need to provide support—with Pat Yongpradit, chief academic officer for Code.org.
November 23, 2020
It has become abundantly clear that the United States faces a robust economic and military competitor in China.