News Clips

July 23, 2019
“Automation itself has no effect on the total number of jobs,” Rob Atkinson told InsideSources. “Leaving out the business cycle, the total number of jobs is determined by only one factor, and that’s the total number of workers. It really has nothing to do with automation and technology. The simple reason is because automation lowers prices, and people have more money and spend it on something else and creates jobs somewhere else.”
July 15, 2019
"If we don't automate faster and better, we're going to lose global marketshare and competitiveness," Rob Atkinson told Axios. "If we don't raise productivity up to 2.5 or 3% we're really going to be in a crisis."
July 10, 2019
"Digital services taxes are an ill-disguised effort to target companies that are thought to be too powerful, too profitable, and too American," Rob Atkinson told the Associated Press.
July 9, 2019
"If this is just a gathering of pro-Trump social media influencers, then it makes sense that the platforms do not attend," Daniel Castro told Agence France Presse. "But participating in a White House function gives some of these more eccentric characters a veneer of legitimacy. This might make platform moderators think twice about deactivating one of their accounts if it is flagged for inappropriate content."
July 7, 2019
“European regulators are using competition policy to pursue objectives that are unrelated to competition,” Eline Chivot told the New York Times. “It introduces uncertainty.”
July 2, 2019
Rob Atkinson told The Hill there was pressure on the administration to decouple the U.S. and China. “The only way to slow China down, the decouplers argue, is to decouple: impose harm on Chinese tech companies with tariffs, export bans and other tools, while pressuring U.S. and other companies to withdraw production from China,” he said.
June 27, 2019
The debates surrounding facial recognition technology have been one-sided so far, with opponents getting most of the attention, Daniel Castro told the Boston Globe. “Right now, there’s more public understanding about the potential concerns around this technology than about the benefits,” he said. 
June 21, 2019
"While other cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are known for their volatility, Libra will be stabilized by its operators who will back each unit of cryptocurrency with real world assets," Alan McQuinn told CNN Business.
June 20, 2019
“It’s important for government to be an early adopter of some of these technologies,” Daniel Castro told Christian Science Monitor. “They can say it is important for us that these technologies are generally neutral in terms of race, that they are not having significant errors and incentivize industry to prioritize that.”
June 13, 2019
“I think it will push us further in this direction of limiting the availability of services and apps [for] kids,” Daniel Castro told the Washington Post. “It’s going to raise the cost of compliance. It’s going to make it so you have more paid apps.”

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