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Emerging Technologies

As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our work on emerging technologies includes analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies—from drones and advanced robotics to 3D printing and digital currencies.

September 14, 2022

AR/VR Policy Conference

Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the second annual AR/VR Policy Conference.

June 17, 2022

How Extended Reality Tools Can Improve Training for First Responders

The immersive nature of these technologies allows for a learn-by-doing approach to education, which can be particularly helpful for those professions which require individuals to be able to make quick judgment calls, where the difference between life and death is decided in a matter of seconds. Adopting XR-based training programs for first responders could provide them with safer, higher-quality training at a lower cost while driving up investment and innovation in the XR market.

February 28, 2022

Fact of the Week: Quantum Computers Don’t Require Quantum Advantage in Order to Maintain Their Economic Edge

Even in circumstances without quantum advantage—and where the modeled classical firm is cheaper to scale—the quantum firm’s lower variable computing costs directly improve profitability by reducing the firm’s cost base and indirectly improve profitability by generating greater benefits to investing in market creation.

February 10, 2022

Korea’s ‘Untact’ Initiative Is Unbelievable

Korea is now a leader in self-service technologies that offer a broad set of benefits to consumers and businesses and have the potential to contribute even more to national prosperity and quality of life.

February 8, 2022

IRS Was Wrong to Give In to Hysteria and Drop Use of Facial Verification to Fight Fraud and Protect Consumers

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it was going to begin using facial recognition to improve its identity verification process when taxpayers access its online tools (e.g., to get a copy of their tax records) to increase consumer security and reduce fraud. To do this, taxpayers would upload a copy of their government ID, along with a video selfie, to verify their identity.

December 15, 2021

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Political Economy Overview

Rob Atkinson was the keynote speaker at the Ministries of Korea Global Policy Conference on the 4th Industrial Revolution on December 15th, 2021.

November 30, 2021

New Polls Show Facial Recognition Supported By Majority of Americans, Raising More Doubts About the Merits of Bans

Opponents of facial recognition technologies frequently try to pit the debate as one between the government and ordinary Americans. Anti-technology advocates frame the technology this way because they know that if they can scare Americans into believ

November 16, 2021

Should Law Enforcement Use Facial Recognition to Identify Capitol Insurrectionists? Not According to EFF

EFF tries to deflect criticism of its position by arguing law enforcement has many other tools at its disposal—but that claim is a crafty bit of misdirection because EFF has opposed those tools too.

November 9, 2021

Crikey! Those Aussies Are Having a Winge About Facial Recognition…

Australia’s information commissioner has issued two major rulings in the past month that will make it risky for organizations to deploy not only facial recognition but most forms of biometrics.

October 27, 2021

The FRA Is Resisting Automated Trains and Automated Track-Inspection Technologies

Freight trains could be the next best thing in transportation given the truck driver shortages and efforts to cut carbon emissions.

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