How Your Digital Helper May Undermine Your Welfare, and Our Democracy

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How Your Digital Helper May Undermine Your Welfare, and Our Democracy

By Maurice E. Stucke (University of Tennessee) & Ariel Ezrachi (University of Oxford)

Abstract:         “All you need to do is say,” a recent article proclaimed, “’I want a beer’ and Alexa will oblige. The future is now.” Advances in technology have seemingly increased our choices and opened markets to competition. As we migrate from brick-and-mortar shops to online commerce, we seemingly are getting more of what we desire at better prices and quality. And …

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