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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today's information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

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Technology has become increasingly important to policy debates, but these debates won’t be productive without an understanding of how the technology in question works. AEI Visiting Fellow Shane Tews interviews tech industry experts to explain how the apps, services, and structures of today's information technology systems work, and how they shape our social and economic life.

    What Do the EU’s Tech Regulations Mean for the US? (With James Lewis)

    What Do the EU’s Tech Regulations Mean for the US? (With James Lewis)

    The European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) is an ambitious attempt to constrain the immense power of Big Tech. But in an interconnected world, regulations made in Europe ripple out to the US and beyond. What do stricter rules in Europe mean for the US’s tech sector? How will new regulations impact American data protection? Will the DMA hurt innovation?
    Today, I am joined by James Lewis. James is the Senior Vice President, Pritzker Chair, and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s Strategic Technologies Program where he writes on international innovation and digitalization. In his previous role as a diplomat and member of the Senior Executive Service, he developed policies on cybersecurity, encryption, spectrum management, and global tech issues.
    Tune in to explore the implications of regulating rapidly changing technologies in our globalized world.

    • 21 min
    Inside the Challenge against Phone Spam (with Dave Stewart)

    Inside the Challenge against Phone Spam (with Dave Stewart)

    Unwanted calls and messages have become a major nuisance in the digital age. Regulators have scrambled to address rising complaints about these unwanted intrusions, but the persistence of fraudulent communications has undermined consumer faith in our telecommunications infrastructure. Why do these issues persist? And in today’s complex digital landscape, how are regulators and policymakers working to balance privacy, consumer trust, and fraud prevention?
    Today’s guest, Dave Stewart, works to address these challenges as the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Somos, a telephone number and identity service provider. Dave works to restore trust in the technology that underlies our daily calls and texts.

    • 31 min
    Making Sense of Music Streaming

    Making Sense of Music Streaming

    When Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify in 2014, she shone a spotlight on an issue that persists in the music industry today: artist must jump through major hoops to be compensated for their music that is played across multiple platforms. Nine years later, the economics are still challenging for artists to receive payment for their work. Artists earn some royalties from streaming services and receive no compensation when their music is played on traditional AM or FM radio due to old broadcast rules. These issues are further exacerbated by AI, which poses risks to artists licensed work and raises questions around their creativity being compensated.
    SoundExchange was created in 2003 to help resolve this issue by tracking listening data across platforms and facilitate payments to artists. Since its creation, the organization has adapted its payment systems for performance royalties to keep pace with the modern music ecosystem as it changes with new technology. On this episode, Michael Huppe, the President and CEO of SoundExchange, joins Shane Tews. Under his leadership, the organization has overseen billions of dollars in payments and has drastically increased royalty rates to artists.
    Tune in to break down the complex economics of the music industry and the impact of AI technologies on the landscape of music.

    • 28 min
    Beyond Bitcoin (with Yuval Rooz)

    Beyond Bitcoin (with Yuval Rooz)

    Cryptocurrency is transforming finance before our eyes, using technology to put control over money and transactions back into the hands of users. With the potential to enable faster, cheaper, and more transparent transfers, cryptocurrency infrastructure lays the foundation for new avenues of innovation - from self-executing smart contracts to greater privacy and financial digitization. However, for many outside the industry, cryptocurrency remains veiled in confusion.
    Today’s guest, Yuval Rooz, is deeply entrenched in the world of blockchain and digitization. He is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Asser, which uses blockchain technology to modernize the industry underlying today’s economy – enabling companies to balance efficiency with privacy. Before founding Digital Asset, he managed an electric algorithmic trading desk at the DRW Trading Group. Tune in to find out how bitcoin and AI are changing the finance industry.

    • 38 min
    Candidates, Bots, and Ballots: How AI is Rewriting Political Advertising (with Scott Brennen and Matt Perault)

    Candidates, Bots, and Ballots: How AI is Rewriting Political Advertising (with Scott Brennen and Matt Perault)

    Generative AI poses new challenges for political campaigning and our democracy as we head towards the 2024 presidential election. While this technology could streamline political messaging, there is greater fear that it could enable widespread manipulation and distortion of the democratic process. Heading into a contentious election, how can we assess and mitigate harms from AI-generated disinformation? How will the use of generative AI be different than prior “cheap fake” attempts? How should policymakers prepare for and respond to the use of AI in political advertising?
    On this episode, Shane is joined by Scott Brennen and Matt Perault, co-authors of “The new political ad machine: Policy frameworks for political ads in an age of AI.” They discuss how generative AI is transforming campaigning and address constituents’ pressing concerns around the technology including AI-manipulation risks, synthetic media transparency, and evolving regulations for political advertising.

    • 33 min
    Quantum: Computing’s Next Innovation Wave (with Alan Baratz )

    Quantum: Computing’s Next Innovation Wave (with Alan Baratz )

    Quantum computing has the potential to radically advance our
    ability to solve complex problems, transforming entire industries from drug
    discovery to cybersecurity. But, how does quantum computing really work? What problems can it help
    people and businesses solve? And how does it play into the US’s larger national
    strategic goals?
    Our guest today is deeply entrenched in the development of quantum
    edge computing, which allows quantum computer deployment closer to where the
    data is generated and processed. Quantum edge computing can lead to performance
    improvement, optimization results, and reduce latency in information
    processing.
    Alan Baratz is the CEO of D-Wave. Alan has spearheaded
    bringing quantum optimization solutions into the consumer mainstream, applying
    them to real-world challenges like tsunami relief and carbon emission
    reduction. With over 25 years of experience developing leading technologies, he
    provides an insider view into the realities and possibilities of quantum
    computing.
    Tune in as Alan demystifies the complex world of quantum
    computing.

    • 26 min

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