1/9/14: NEC w/Robert D. Atkinson, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (with Ben Miller)

  • 09 Jan 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW


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Portrait: Rob Atkinson

Robert D. Atkinson


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ben Miller

"Are Robots Taking Our  Jobs or Making Them?"

Automation and technology-driven productivity gains have come under fire in the popular media under the premise that they contribute to the current unemployment crisis and that their impact on workers will only get worse in the future.  The rhetoric that “robots kill jobs” is now becoming more widespread.  The impact of these false premises has the potential to change policy and hurt U.S. economic growth going forward. Dr. Atkinson and Mr. Miller will present their recent paper surveying the theory and data behind this argument  arguing that the real evidence leads toward an entirely different conclusion: productivity increases have benefited employment and worries that “this time is different” are overblown.

Robert Atkinson is founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.  He is a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Instution's Metropolitan Policy Program.  His work focuses on technology and innovation, surface transportation, and regional economic development.  He has an extensive background in technology policy, has conducted ground breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a frequent speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally.

Reservations are open through Wednesday, 1-8-14

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