Embracing the Rise of the Machines

December 8, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Despite the claims of many activists and pundits, robots, automation and increased productivity will not drive unemployment in the long term. In fact technological development actually enhances job creation and leads to healthier economies and a better quality of life.

Developing Countries Need Robots Too

November 19, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Productivity increases are important for economic growth, but they are also feared because people assume they lead to unemployment. A comprehensive new paper examines the impact of innovation in lower-income countries, finding that in many cases innovation can be beneficial for employment, although it varies significantly depending on a range of different factors.

Supercharging EU Productivity with Digital Technologies

October 27, 2014
| Presentations

While Europe steadily reduced the productivity gap with the U.S. after WWII, since the mid-1990s this gap has widened as EU productivity growth has stalled, leaving many European companies uncompetitive, incomes stagnant, and government finances in turmoil. If Europe is going to catch up it must follow the same path that drove U.S. productivity growth, in particular, more ubiquitous adoption of information and communication technology (ICT). ITIF hosted events with the Policy Network in London and the Lisbon Council in Brussels to assess the roots of the EU’s productivity and ICT adoption challenges, and to discuss a series of reforms designed to spur utilization and enhance growth.


View images of Rob Atkinson presenting in London and Brussels

Innovation and Productivity Growth in the UK and Europe

October 15, 2014 - 8:45am - 1:00pm

Event time is listed in local London time.

The Policy Network and The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) are holding a London conference on productivity and innovation-led growth. The conference is hosted and sponsored by Google.  Read more »

The Internet is Not Harming You. Here’s What’s Harming You: Fear Mongering About the Internet

Fast Company
There's a neo-Luddite class in the U.S. that has a stake in opposing technology, says Robert Atkinson.

Leveraging ICTs to Bolster European Productivity and Economic Growth

October 3, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

While most economists and pundits focus on Europe’s lag in ICT-producing industries, the greater concern is how much the Continent trails the United States in ICT usage and adoption. This is because, at the economy level, more than 80 percent of the benefits of technology come from its consumption, while just 20 percent come from its production. In fact, a major reason why European productivity levels trail those of the United States is that European enterprises, governments, and other organizations trail their American counterparts in ICT investment, usage, and adoption.

Worry About Slow Productivity Growth, Not Fast Productivity Growth

August 14, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

A recent report on US productivity growth confirms that we need more proactive public policies that encourage investment and growth. While many see new technology as responsible for high unemployment now or in the future, the truth is close to the opposite. Employment growth requires new investment and new investment goes hand in hand with productivity growth.

Pew! Pew! Robots Will Be in Our Workplaces by 2025, but Will We?

Automation lowers prices which increases demand for goods and services, which in turn creates jobs, says Robert Atkinson.

When Customer Service Becomes Self-service

Consumer Reports
The do-it-yourself economy is transforming industries, services, and society as a whole.

After the End of the Innovation Era

July 29, 2014
Rob Atkinson participated in the Roosevelt Institute’s The Next American Economy project.

Rob Atkinson participated in the Roosevelt Institute’s The Next American Economy project which brought together 30 experts from various disciplines to envision tomorrow's economic and political challenges and develop today's solutions. In this video presentation, Atkinson argues that concerns about technological unemployment are misplaced, and that the real challenge for society will be continued innovation.

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