In recent years, it has become almost an article of faith that the world’s economies are facing a tsunami of job destruction from new technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics.
Blogs & Op-eds
August 7, 2017
August 6, 2017
The Portman-McCaskill bill would have unintended consequences that would threaten free speech online and expose lawful companies to significant legal jeopardy. As Daniel Castro writes in The Hill, a better approach would be for the U.S. Department of Justice to take action under current law against sites that facilitate sex trafficking.
July 31, 2017
Fact of the Week: U.S. Companies Increased Their “Energy Productivity” 16.5 Percent Between 1998 and 2014 by Adopting Better Software for Managing Industrial Processes
From 1998 to 2014, U.S. companies managed to increase output by 16.5 percent for each unit of energy input by adopting better IT, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
July 27, 2017
It’s not cars, but freight transportation where there is the greatest near-term potential to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve safety—but only if regulators are careful to allow the technologies to progress, Joe Kennedy explains in Morning Consult.
July 17, 2017
Fact of the Week: Minority Students Accepted Into Entrepreneurial Training Programs Were 20 Percentage Points More Likely to Pursue Entrepreneurial Careers Than Those Who Were Finalists But Not Accepted
Among minorities, those who were accepted into an entrepreneurial training program were 20 percentage points more likely to pursue an entrepreneurial career than those who were finalists for the program but not accepted, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
July 10, 2017
Fact of the Week: When Doctors Start Using Electronic Drug Referencing Systems, They Begin Prescribing Newly Released Generics up to Two Months Earlier Than Before
When doctors have better access to medicinal information through electronic drug referencing systems, they prescribe newly released generics up to two months sooner, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
July 6, 2017
State and local governments restrict the supply side of the short-term rental market by blocking individuals from using services like Airbnb, but less noticed are the restrictions these governments also place on the demand side, argues ITIF’s Daniel Castro in the July/August 2017 Government Technology.
July 6, 2017
The Trump administration devoted the week leading up to the Fourth of July to energy policy. Yet, its “Energy Week” jettisoned the very concept that we celebrate on that date, argues ITIF’s David Hart in Morning Consult.
July 3, 2017
Fact of the Week: Latin American Firms That Used Broadband Internet Service in 2010 Were 11 Percent More Productive Than Those That Didn’t.
For Latin American firms, the higher their Internet activity intensity, the greater their productivity gains, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 29, 2017
Rob Atkinson argues in the Christian Science Monitor that the recent deserves much greater scrutiny, because real-world policy outcomes are far more consequential than crude political theater, and turning the focus in that direction could be the first step to recovering our civic senses.