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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.

Our research areas align with those of Silicon Valley innovators working on important questions related to artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, education technology, and virtual medicine. At the same time, we're looking at issues surrounding social inequality, drug policy, water resource management, and transportation, all of which have profound impacts on the Bay Area and beyond.

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