Robert D. Atkinson

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. With an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. A sought-after speaker and valued adviser to policymakers around the world, Dr. Atkinson’s most recent book is Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business, released in April 2018.
Before founding ITIF, Dr. Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

Book Reviews by Robert D. Atkinson

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Innovation is a hot topic. And the dominant narrative today holds that innovation comes from lean, hungry startups, not from corporate giants that have become sluggish, risk-averse copiers.

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It seems as if you can hardly go a day without reading about self-driving vehicles.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science devoted to creating computer systems that perform tasks characteristic of human intelligence. And one of the hottest questions around AI