Aspen Lecture: Intelligent Machines Can Craft Smarter Policies

Algorithms can now identify faces, drive cars, translate text, and even write news stories. This same technology, used wisely, can help us tackle some of the most pressing social problems of our time—from inequality to mass incarceration. Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mulanthainan will illustrate intuitively how these technologies work and why he thinks they can be useful in social policy.

Festival: 2016

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