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June 21, 2022

The Economics of Data, With David Deming

Rob and Jackie sat down with David Deming, the Academic Dean and a Professor of Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss the importance of data, data sharing, and ways to protect individual data privacy.

June 6, 2022

Podcast: When the Chips Are Down: Why Domestic Semiconductor Production Matters, With John Zysman

Rob and Jackie sat down with John Zysman, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and co-founder/co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, to discuss why U.S. semiconductor production has dropped so far down, what it portends, and how America can regain its footing in the industry.

May 23, 2022

Podcast: China’s Race to the Top: Authoritarianism in Technology and Global Affairs, With Keith Krach

China is taking an authoritarian approach in its quest to be a dominant power in technology and global affairs. Silicon Valley innovator and former Under Secretary of State Keith Krach has a unique perspective on both aspects.

May 2, 2022

Podcast: Back to the Future: Historical Lessons of U.S. AI Policy, With Arthur Herman

The United States has been a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) since the 1950s. But AI and other advanced industry leadership in the United States has been threatened by increased competition with China. Rob and Jackie sat down with Arthur Herman, a senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, to discuss how AI leadership in the United States has eroded and what policymakers can do to save it for the future.

April 18, 2022

Podcast: The Future of Buying Cars, With Daniel Crane

One of the benefits of electric vehicles is they cost less to maintain. But that also means there’s less profit to be had in servicing their warranties, which gives car dealers less incentive to sell them. That’s why EV makers like Tesla and Rivian depend on direct-to-consumer sales and distribution. Unfortunately, there are decades-old dealer-distribution laws standing in the way.

April 4, 2022

Podcast: Investing in American Dynamism, With Ben Horowitz and Katherine Boyle

Venture capitalists know what it feels like when a company is firing on all cylinders. But it’s been a while since the whole country had that feeling of dynamism—so why not focus on companies that help the cause by supporting the national interest, solving critical problems, and doing fundamentally new things?

March 21, 2022

Podcast: The Promise of 5G, With Susie Armstrong

Technology is rapidly developing across many sectors—and that is especially true with wireless technologies. 5G phones give consumers better, stronger, faster service and more capacity to download. But 5G goes beyond phones, it provides great innovat

March 7, 2022

Podcast: The Future of US-EU Trade, With Denis Redonnet

Rob and Jackie sat down with Denis Redonnet, the EU’s chief trade enforcement officer, to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the new U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council and the broader implications for trade policies in the United States, the EU, and in the World Trade Organization.

February 21, 2022

Podcast: The Challenges China Presents to U.S. Technological Capabilities, With Matt Turpin

China’s rapid technological development has put tremendous pressure on the United States to remain competitive in strategically important industries. Rob and Jackie sat down with Matt Turpin to discuss what the United States has done so far to face the China challenge and what future policies should look like.

February 7, 2022

Podcast: How China’s Role in Technology Development Affects the United States and the World, With Sam Olsen

China views technology and the tech companies that produce it as strategic assets to be leveraged in a global race for geopolitical advantage. Rob and Jackie interviewed entrepreneur and strategist Sam Olsen, author of What China Wants, to discuss the implications of China’s technological development.

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