Choosing A Future: "The Second Machine Age" Review

April 4, 2014
| Reports

In Issues in Science and Technology, Atkinson reviews "The Second Machine Age" by MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. "The Second Machine Age" is the latest example of a wave of “innovation optimist” writing that holds that technological change is accelerating, leading to vast new innovations and profound transformation.  But Atkinson argues that the evidence does not warrant such utopianism. Moreover, the authors’ continued fanning of the flames of neo-Luddite fears of wide-scale job loss from innovation not only are not borne out by history or analysis, they encourage the public and policy makers to want to slow, rather than accelerate innovation. 

Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop

March 26, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Belief in progress has been a key factor in the success of the American experiment. However, unwarranted fears of technology being raised by an increasingly vocal group of neo-Luddites threatens our economy and society. 

Right Time to Step Towards a Self-Service Society

Singapore Today
ITIF estimates that the cost for an online banking transaction is only $0.25, a fraction of the $5.39 per transaction at a physical bank branch.

Can Google's Robots Build a New Future for US Manufacturing?

The Verge
The real choice is between continued erosion of our manufacturing capabilities or a more revolutionary transformation through technology.

Robots Are Not the Problem

February 4, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Despite the claims of many Luddites, automation and technology promote business development and international competitiveness, raising employment in the long run. To create the right economic policy framework, we need to overcome the simplistic fears of robots stealing our jobs and focus on the broader needs of an innovation and technology based economy.

Robots, Other Technology Benefit Economy, Don’t Hurt Job Growth, Think-Tank Head Says

From an economic perspective, the argument that rapid technological development is destroying jobs and slowing employment growth is simply not accurate, says Rob Atkinson.

Time for an Innovation and Growth Budget, Not an Austerity Budget