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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.

Emerging Technologies

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October 24, 2022|Blogs

Using Country-of-Origin as a Litmus Test for Drone Security Is Bad Policy

While intended to protect national security, the updated American Security Drone Act would still do little to bolster drone security and would limit government agencies from using some of the best-in-class drones.

September 19, 2022|Reports & Briefings

How the EU Is Using Technology Standards as a Protectionist Tool In Its Quest for Cybersovereignty

Europe professes to want greater transatlantic digital cooperation, yet it is systemically excluding U.S. firms from participating in its technical standards-setting processes. A real transatlantic digital alliance requires real EU-U.S. cooperation on technical standards.

July 18, 2022|Podcasts

Podcast: Securing US Leadership in Quantum Computing, With Edward Parker

Rob and Jackie sat down with Edward Parker, a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation, to discuss the implications of quantum computing and how the United States can remain the global leader in this technology.

July 7, 2022|Blogs

NIST Takes First Big Step in Preparing for Post-Quantum Cryptography

In order to remain a world leader in information technology and mitigate any potential risks associated with emerging technologies, the U.S. government should scale up its investment in quantum computing applications, particularly near-term applications.

June 17, 2022|Blogs

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|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

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|Op-Eds & Commentary

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|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

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|Presentations

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|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

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 believing that this is a dystopian technology, perhaps...
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