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Unparalleled innovation is emerging from the San Francisco Bay Area, with potentially profound benefits for society. These innovations are producing new opportunities, new challenges, and new types of data. RAND is committed to helping individuals and organizations make better decisions and use these data to improve social welfare.

For nearly 70 years, the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation has improved policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Our new Bay Area office is addressing critical science and technology issues such as artificial intelligence; the design and activities of cities (including autonomous vehicles); STEM issues around diversity and inclusion; and how technology will affect education and creative expression.

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TechCrunch Features RAND's Move to SFBA

“Unlike the RAND of the past, this new version embodies the scrappiness of startup culture.... The team of a dozen researchers is here to study the development of new technologies and the way in which state and local authorities are working side-by-side with startups to keep everyone safe without sundering innovation.”

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