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January 16, 2020

Election 2020
What Automation Means for Jobs

When was the last time you went to the mall for something you could buy on your phone? Automation is a disruptive force that continues to shape the future. CFR breaks down what automation means for t…

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October 7, 2020

Robots and Artificial Intelligence
With "Burn-In," Cole and Singer Show Us the Robotic Future We Need to Avoid

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution gives us the worst-case scenario of how increased automation can affect the U.S. economy and society.

French robot Pepper, detecting whether people are wearing face masks and if not, instructs them to wear them.

March 7, 2017

United States
Automation is Changing Latin America Too

While politicians have focused primarily on the effects of trade, automation is rapidly transforming the nature of work. A recent McKinsey report estimates that half of the labor done today can be tu…

April 24, 2018

Iran
Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay of wars without end, powerful non-state actors, and the proliferation of new weapons technologies across t…

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq January 17, 2017.

August 26, 2015

Automation, Productivity, and Growth

It seems obvious that if a business invests in automation, its workforce – though possibly reduced – will be more productive. So why do the statistics tell a different story? In advanced economies, …

Automated robots work on a 3500 Duramax engine as it moves along the assembly line at the Ford Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters).

July 23, 2020

Economics
Revisiting the Ides of March, Part III: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This is a guest blog by Josh Younger, an interest rate strategist at J.P. Morgan. Joshua Younger is employed by the Research Department of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. All views expressed in this forum ar…

Revisiting the Ides of March, Part III: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

July 15, 2020

Inequality
The U.S. Inequality Debate

Public policy experts call income and wealth inequality one of the defining challenges of our time. Recent crises have accelerated these divisions, and the coronavirus pandemic looks set to deepen th…

Striking McDonalds workers demanding a $15 minimum wage demonstrate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

June 10, 2020

Human Trafficking
COVID-19, Migrant Labor, and the Case for Labor Recruitment Reform

This post is part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ blog series on human trafficking, in which CFR fellows and other leading experts assess new approaches to improve U.S. and global efforts to cur…

Ethiopian domestic workers wearing masks stand with their belongings in front of the Ethiopian consulate in Lebanon, June 8, 2020.

May 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: May 22, 2020

The FBI unlocks iPhone of Pensacola shooter; German court extends right to privacy to foreign internet users; Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty; Japanese Ministry of Defense investigates Mitsu…

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement to reporters.

April 27, 2020

China
China: Navigating an Economic Reboot

As the Chinese government looks to restart the country's economy, business leaders remain uncertain about the future of economic policy. 

Workers leave a construction site at the end of their shift in the Central Business District in Beijing on April 16, 2020.