"Study for Maximum Mass Permitted by the 1916 New York Zoning Law, Stage 2" by Hugh Ferriss, 1922. Courtesy of Smithsonian Open Access.
Virtual Discussion
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Ricardo Hausmann

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This ACtioN Briefing will summarize and explore some “practitioner-relevant” insights from this June’s Structure of Technology Workshop. That workshop convened over 30 scholars in an attempt to consolidate recent advances in our understanding of technology. Specific attention was be paid to recent work emphasizing complementarity over substitutability, propagating effects, network heterogeneity, latent relationships, and diversity of output over quantity. Collectively, these approaches make inroads into what may turn out to be richer theoretical frameworks to describe and understand the structure of technology, with parallels that suggest a deep theory of technology lies ahead. Spurred by an urgency to understand the societal impacts of technology, the workshop hopes to advance our ability to conceive and model technology’s structure. 

In this one-hour ACtioN Briefing, SFI Science Board co-chair and Structure of Technology Workshop co-organizer Ricardo Hausmann will summarize some of his contributions to workshop along with other ideas and insights that surfaced during the three-day workshop. The discussion session will emphasize workshop ideas that seem relevant for decision-makers in government, industry, and civil society.

Speaker Bio

Ricardo Hausmann
Ricardo HausmannScience Board Co-chair & External Professor at SFI; Director of the Center for International Development & Professor at Harvard
Director of the Center for International Development and professor of the Practice of Economic Development, both at Harvard, earned a PhD in economics at Cornell University. In addition to positions with the government of Venezuela, he served as the first chief economist of the Inter-American Development Bank and as chair of the IMF-World Bank Development Committee. His research interests include issues of growth, macroeconomic stability, international finance, and the social dimensions of development. He brings a networks and statistical mechanics perspective to developmental economics.

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