By Garry Mathiason, Natalie Pierce, Matthew Scherer, and Jill Weimer on December 13, 2018 The development and deployment of increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and other automated systems are transforming workplaces globally, redefining needed workforce roles, skills, and jobs, and reinventing work itself. Big data, predictive analytics, deep learning, biometrics, algorithmic bias, blockchain tokens, […]
By Michael J. Lotito and Matthew U. Scherer on December 3, 2018 On November 12, 2018, Littler Mendelson P.C. hosted a Roundtable of distinguished leaders from government, industry, and academia to discuss the rapid evolution of the workplace and workforce due to AI, robotics, and other automation technologies. The Roundtable attendees had diverse backgrounds and […]
Advanced robotics and automation are potential game-changing technologies for strengthening the
U.S. manufacturing sector, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing
sector. Next-generation advanced robots will be mobile, free to move about their environments and
able to safely collaborate with humans. This represents a stark contrast with current-generation
industrial robots that operate in highly controlled environments and are frequently isolated from
workers out of safety concerns. A recent study, commissioned by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) finds that “barriers to innovation lead to a shortage of critical technology
infrastructure and inhibit the development and adoption of robotics technology.” Technology
infrastructure is the broad base of public and quasi-public technologies and technical knowledge
that support the research, development, production and diffusion activities of national laboratories,
universities and firms. This is a summary of the NIST report.
AI-driven automation will continue to create wealth and expand the American economy in the coming years, but, while many will benefit, that growth will not be costless and will be accompanied by changes in the skills that workers need to succeed in the economy, and structural changes in the economy. Aggressive policy action will be […]
Already, AI technologies have opened up new markets and new opportunities for progress in critical areas such as health, education, energy, and the environment. In recent years, machines have surpassed humans in the performance of certain specific tasks, such as some aspects of image recognition. Strategic roadmap for research and development of Artificial Intelligence, authored by the National Science and Technology Council, October 2016.
policy opportunities raised by AI, including how the technology can be used to advance social good and improve government operations; how to adapt regulations that affect AI technologies, such as automated vehicles, in a way that encourages innovation while protecting the public; how to ensure that AI applications are fair, safe, and governable; and how to develop a skilled and diverse AI workforce. Authored by the White House Office of the President, October 2016.
A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Nov 7 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as […]
“Building on the highly successful initial “Roadmap for U.S. Robotics,” published in 2009, a new and updated report for 2013 outlines the progress of robots in multiple industries over the last five years, identifies goals for the coming decade and emphasizes the importance of the robotics research pipeline for maintaining U.S. innovation.”