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The State of Robotics Innovation in America

Published by ITIF (July 17, 2019)

The State of Robotics Innovation in America: A Key Driver of Productivity and Competitiveness

The U.S. economy has been in a productivity slump for more than a decade while 10,000 Americans are retiring every day, adding pressure on the workers who will have to support them. That underscores why boosting productivity is the single most important economic goal for the nation. Fortunately, technologies that can help improve productivity are getting better. Perhaps the most important of these is robotics. Yet the United States lags many other nations—not only in robotics adoption, but also in the development of a robotics industry.

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion on the current state and future potential of robotics across all sectors of the U.S. economy. The panel explored where are we today with robotic development, the key technological challenges to overcome, the government’s role in supporting robotics development and adoption, and, of course, what is the likely impact on employment?

ITIF was joined at the event by SoftBank’s humanoid robot, Pepper, and one of Universal Robot’s collaborative robotic arms.

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