The Future of Life Institute, a non-profit organization focused on what it sees as existential threats facing humanity, released
Publications: Robert D. Atkinson
July 7, 2020
July 2, 2020
While economic policy should do more to reduce income inequality and Congress should seriously consider world-class worker training and adjustment assistance programs, our nation is doomed to second-class status if we cannot support all forms of productivity, including worker-replacing automation.
June 22, 2020
How China’s Mercantilist Policies Have Undermined Global Innovation in the Telecom Equipment Industry
China’s state-backing of Huawei and ZTE allowed these companies to seize global market share from more innovative international competitors, reducing their growth in sales and investments in R&D. This, in turn, hurt global innovation in the industry.
June 18, 2020
If there are cases of companies abusing the L-1 process, such as using it instead of the H1B visa (for which there are caps) then Immigration and Customs Enforcement should penalize the guilty companies, although these cases appear to be quite limited. But cutting off the program entirely will only hurt the U.S. economy.
June 12, 2020
COVID-19 has imposed terrible health and economic costs on the world. But if governments invest wisely in technology and innovation in response, they can help move their economies and societies forward.
June 9, 2020
Congress Needs to Follow Germany’s Lead and Include a “Package for the Future” in Its Next Recovery Package
As Congress considers a phase 4 stimulus package, it would be a mistake to focus only on short-term recovery measures, as important as they are.
June 8, 2020
The advocacy group’s annual report on Internet and digital media freedom is more polemic than dispassionate analysis. The State Department should stop funding it unless it focuses on true violations of Internet freedom, such as political persecution.
June 4, 2020
Big Internet, like other advanced industries like Big Auto, Big Aerospace, and Big Pharma, plays a key role in driving U.S. competitiveness, innovation, job creation, and economic growth. As such, policymakers should be careful to not cripple this engine of U.S. prosperity.
May 27, 2020
As long as the Wall Street triumphalists’ unreflected “why worry?” thinking remains the norm, the urgently needed pursuit of a U.S. economic reform agenda will go nowhere.
May 26, 2020
German philosopher Hegel postulated that history progresses through thesis, antithesis and then synthesis. Today we are seeing the first two dynamics with trade policy and attitudes towards globalization; we desperately need the third.