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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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November 25, 2020

Health
Automating Mental Health: The Global Promise and Peril

The use of algorithmic and data-driven technology in mental health care has expanded rapidly, posing new challenges for public governance. 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters.

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…

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).

March 30, 2017

Global
Automation, Job Loss, and the Welfare State

Experts explore the potential for mass job loss created by technological advances and, in turn, the possible need for a large welfare state to care for an increasingly underemployed population.

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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.

April 12, 2018

Trade
Trade With China Isn't Our Top Economic Challenge. Donald Trump Should Tackle Automation.

The Trump administration has threatened massive new tariffs against China, promising that protection against imports will bring greater fairness and prosperity to our economy. But these actions will …

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February 28, 2022

Digital Policy
Renewing America Series: The U.S. Digital Divide

As the United States continues to transition to a knowledge economy, entire regions are being left behind due to the automation of jobs, lack of computers and high-speed internet, and the impossibili…

Play A woman looks at Marcus, a savings and loans app by Goldman Sachs, in New York, U.S., January 10, 2020.

April 20, 2022

Inequality
The U.S. Inequality Debate

Public policy experts call income and wealth inequality one of the defining challenges of this century. Recent crises have accelerated these divisions, and the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened them fur…

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

April 28, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Renewing America Series: Reskilling and the Future of Work Post-Pandemic

Panelists discuss the changing nature of America’s workforce and the urgency to reskill workers exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including issues around automation, labor markets, and the future…

Play U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine