How to Predict the Future and Write Prolifically with Rob Atkinson (Ep. 3)
Robert D. Atkinson is Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading think tank in Washington, D.C.
As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Robert D. Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. He is an internationally recognized scholar and a widely published author whom The New Republic has named one of the “three most important thinkers about innovation,” Washingtonian Magazine has called a “Tech Titan,” andGovernment Technology Magazine has judged to be one of the 25 top “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology.”
A sought-after speaker and valued adviser to policymakers around the world, Atkinson’s books include Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage(link is external) (Yale, 2012), Supply-Side Follies: Why Conservative Economics Fails, Liberal Economics Falters, and Innovation Economics is the Answer(link is external) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and The Past And Future Of America’s Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth(link is external) (Edward Elgar, 2005). He also has conducted ground-breaking research projects and authored hundreds of articles and reports on technology and innovation-related topics ranging from tax policy to advanced manufacturing, productivity, and global competitiveness.
As a respected policy expert and commentator, Atkinson has testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he appears frequently on news and public affairs programs. Among others, these appearances have included interviews on BBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News.
Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the prestigious Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship. He earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon, which named him a distinguished alumnus in 2014.
In this episode we discussed:
- The effect of robots on jobs
- Key risks to American competitiveness
- How likely is Kurzweil’s “Singularity Event“?
- Tax incentives for investing in businesses in the U.S. versus countries abroad.
- Rob’s tips on productivity and achievement.