News Clips

March 4, 2019
What’s missing is a comprehensive manufacturing strategy, Rob Atkinson told the Christian Science Monitor. Republicans push tax cuts and deregulation while Democrats favor training and public-private partnerships. “What you really want is an all-of-the above president,” he said.
March 1, 2019
"Robots are getting better, cheaper and more versatile, and therefore can be used more effectively in more industries," Rob Atkinson told Axios.
February 28, 2019
“Given the increasing ‘techlash,’ especially from the anti-monopoly left that sees large firms of any kind as suspect, it is not surprising that the FTC took this step,” Rob Atkinson told The Hill. “Hopefully the FTC will not be swayed by populist furor and instead confine itself to careful, objective analysis based on the reality that many technology markets tend toward concentration, and that this concentration is usually pro-consumer and pro-innovation.”
February 26, 2019
"There’s this growing tech backlash and there’s a growing movement of what one could call the anti-monopoly left who sees any big firms as suspect," Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg. "We put those two things together, and I believe there’s a real risk that the FTC could go too far here and begin to question or take actions against large technology firms simply because they’re large."
February 19, 2019
“Having used mercantilist tactics to build local champions, China is tapering off some subsidies and restrictions,” Nigel Cory and David Hart told the Financial Times. “Building these local champions at the early stage of technological development and adoption means China will be well placed to capitalise on other countries’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions and spur NEV adoption.”
February 13, 2019
"More competitors is not always better. This is especially true given the economics of communications networks, which feature tremendously high, fixed upfront costs to serve a given geographic area,” Doug Brake told the panel. “A combined company could do more with less, allowing the new firm to drive greater value throughout the business, ultimately passing a significant share onto consumers.”
February 11, 2019
Daniel Castro said that, "If the administration wants its AI initiative to be transformative, it will need to do more than reprogram existing funds for AI research, skill development, and infrastructure development." Castro welcomed the initiative but called for a more comprehensive AI strategy that covers areas such as digital free trade, data collection policies and other issues.
February 11, 2019
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, an ITIF report says setting limits on the technology could impede economic growth.U.S. economic growth, social progress and global competitiveness will suffer if federal and state governments put restrictions on the development and adoption of artificial intelligence-powered products.
February 7, 2019
“Antitrust enforcement is not the appropriate remedy for data privacy complaints,” said Rob Atkinson. “Facebook is not a monopoly in the actual relevant market, the ad market, or even in the social networks market. Rather than an abuse of dominance investigation, this ruling represents a power grab by German authorities that will create confusion throughout the European Union.”
February 7, 2019
“We’re in a 10-year productivity depression” that’s hurting living standards, Rob Atkinson told Bloomberg Businessweek. “Tech is really the only way we’re going to raise productivity growth.”

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