News Clips

January 10, 2020
The former mayor seemed to be reading directly from the recent Brookings Institution/Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report “The Case for Growth Centers”. Most notably, just five top innovation US metropolitan areas — Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and San Diego — accounted for more than 90 per cent of the nation’s innovation-sector growth from 2005 to 2017. This creates a snowballing cycling of wealth inequality, as 90 per cent of metros in the rest of the country are losing such high-quality jobs.
January 7, 2020
China's trade practices and strong support for its own businesses are slowing down global innovation and causing harm to technological progress, with North American and European countries being the most affected.Those are the conclusions of a report published this week by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, D.C. The research is part of a yearlong project that will examine the impact of China's economic rise on global technological innovation.
January 2, 2020
ITIF President Rob Atkinson explained on NPR’s Throughline podcast how today’s skepticism of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, gene modification, and self-driving cars pales in comparison to the 19th century populist revolt against mechanized farming.
December 18, 2019
Rob Atkinson discussed the U.S. approach to innovation with regards to new technologies in this clip on emotionally intelligent robots.
December 13, 2019
Rob Atkinson told the Associated Press that “the agreement represents progress″ but said “the United States must still comprehensively address China’s rampant innovation mercantilist practices.″
December 11, 2019
Rob Atkinson told The Hill that he saw the order as a way for China to gain leverage in the trade talks. “It is a little hard to say how much of this is actually real and how much of this is saber rattling,” he said. “It may be to just simply to force Trump to back off or get a better deal.”
December 10, 2019
There are a couple of opportunities for facial recognition in manufacturing with the biggest one being security, Daniel Castro explained to IndustryWeek. “Facial recognition is useful for access control. For low-risk applications, it can be a replacement to traditional forms of access control, such as access codes or key cards. Using facial recognition instead may be faster and more convenient—no more lost access cards,” he said.
December 9, 2019
As ABC News reports, the majority of job growth in high-tech industries is concentrated in just a handful of metropolitan areas in the United States, and this regional divide drives "national inequality" as the rest of the nation struggles to keep up, according to a new report from ITIF and the Brookings Institution. 
December 9, 2019
As the Wall Street Journal reports, the forces that are driving the nation’s top technology talent to just a handful of cities have intensified in recent years, leaving much of the nation behind as the U.S. becomes a more digital economy, according to a new study from ITIF and the Brookings Institution. 
December 9, 2019
Tech-based economic growth has become so concentrated in the top 5% of metro areas that experts from ITIF and the Brookings Institution are proposing a federal push to jumpstart new tech hubs in the heartland, Axios reports.