New technologies are poised to automate everything from infrastructure to traditionally human jobs. Some may fear a coming robot takeover, but as Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology, the real problem is that automation isn't happening fast enough.
December 13, 2017
What does the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics portend for human workers? Rob Atkinson argues “these technologies are no different than past technology waves,” and he bets U.S. unemployment will remain below 8 percent in the year 2035. Calum Chace disagrees.
November 27, 2017
$700 billion in U.S. GDP growth from 2010 to 2016 can be attributed to capital investments in IT, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
October 23, 2017
Fact of the Week: The Gap in ICT Investment Between the United States and Canada Widened by 12 Percentage Points From 2008 to 2014
While private investment in ICT per Canadian worker has been lower than U.S. levels since the 1980s, it has dropped to new lows in recent years, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
September 28, 2017
India's transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced his opposition to driverless vehicles in the country, saying he would "not allow any technology that takes away jobs." This kind of rhetoric may make for good politics, but it's terrible economics and awful for the future of Indian workers who need the country to continually modernize.
September 19, 2017
Rob Atkinson spoke about opportunities and challenges associated with artificial intelligence on March 23, 2017 at a conference hosted in Brussels by Bruegel, a European economic think tank specializing in economics.
September 5, 2017
When China implemented an investment tax credit, businesses increased investment by 8.8 percent and productivity by 3.7 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 28, 2017
Fact of the Week: For Every 10 Percent Increase in R&D Investment per Employee, Irish Firm Productivity Increases by 12 Percent
Among Irish firms, a 10 percent increase in R&D investment per employee raised productivity by 12 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 21, 2017
Fact of the Week: Vietnamese Manufacturers That Earn Internationally Recognized Accreditations for Proven Managerial Practices are 69 Percent More Productive
An analysis of Vietnamese manufacturing firms found those that adopted internationally recognized best practices for management were 69 percent more productive than firms without such certifications, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 7, 2017
Fact of the Week: Foreign-owned Manufacturing Firms in Spain Were 15 Percent More Productive from 1998 to 2012 than Locally Owned Firms
Foreign-owned Spanish manufacturing firms were 15 percent more productive from 1998 to 2012 than locally-owned firms, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 7, 2017
In recent years, it has become almost an article of faith that the world’s economies are facing a tsunami of job destruction from new technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics.