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Trillion Dollar Questions

Big topics. Honest discussions. Expert solutions.

Trillion Dollar Questions

At Heinz College, we think big  big data, big innovation, big impact. We strive to effect change at the highest levels. This means tackling some big issues. 

We like to call the world’s biggest problems Trillion Dollar Questions. Not because they are solely questions with massive economic impacts, but because solving them would produce enormous value. Solving them would change the world.

Trillion Dollar Questions exist across many areas of research and policy. By nature, they are interdisciplinary problems. They require diverse viewpoints, novel approaches, and an understanding of how we got here, and the intersection of those three elements is where Heinz College excels.

In this ongoing series, Heinz College experts will convene solutions-oriented conversations with colleagues from across academia, government, and media to address the Trillion Dollar Questions that will shape the next century.

  • Solving the Policy Puzzle of Generative AI

    Solving the Policy Puzzle of Generative AI 

    Much has been made of the threats associated with emerging generative AI technologies. The range of anxieties includes job loss, biased decision-making, and even physical harm to human beings. A more bullish view, that these new technologies will unleash productivity on a scale similar to the telephone or the automobile, has also emerged. But which view is right? Join our esteemed speakers from Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, and Stanford to debate and discuss the AI Revolution and its implications for our society.

    Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
    Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET 

    Chris Mims Christopher Mims, Moderator 
    Technology Columnist
    The Wall Street Journal




    Erik Brynjolfsson Erik Brynjolfsson 
    Director, Stanford Digital Economy Lab; Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor, and Senior Fellow, Stanford HAI
    Stanford University




    Kaye Husbands Fealing Kaye Husbands Fealing
    Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
    Georgia Tech




    Ramayya Krishnan Ramayya Krishnan
    Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
    Carnegie Mellon University





    Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

    Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College

    Stanford University