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Automation President Testifies at Congressional Subcommittee Hearing on Advanced Robotics

Robotic Industries Association

Jeff Burnstein, the president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) , testified before the House of Representatives subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing, and trade on how the current state of robotics is impacting the economy as well as trade and commerce.

Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), testified at a hearing in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee – subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C. during the hearing “Disrupter Series: Advanced Robotics.” “I welcome the opportunity to represent A3 membership in front of this congressional body,” Burnstein said. “The robotics and automation industry has an important story to tell. A3’s members within RIA, AIA and MCMA are disrupting many different industries across the United States and around the world. I look forward to telling these stories to the esteemed members of the committee.”

The Disrupter Series focused on subjects including advanced robotics and how this industry is modernizing the economy. The series also focused on improving safety and efficiency, and boosting trade and commerce. The modern workplace has transformed as advanced robotic technology evolves. For example, voice command and facial recognition technology has enabled devices to perform everyday tasks, such as adding meetings to calendars or sending texts to family, to completing more advanced assignments like performing medical procedures on injured veterans.

“Advanced robotic technology has been a game-changer for the U.S. economy. The integration of these technologies into the economy—whether on the farm, in a factory, or in the board room, has reduced costs while increasing possibilities and safety for businesses and consumers,” said Chairman Michael C. Burgess, (R-TX). “Advanced robotic automation has disrupted the American marketplace and reshaped our economy by simplifying basic daily conveniences to executing complex military missions. I look forward to next week’s hearing and learning from panelists how these technologies will benefit our economy and what consumer protections should be considered moving forward.”

“We’ve come a long way since 'Mr. Roboto' topped the charts,” added full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “Without question, advanced robotics is disrupting the global economy as we know it. Automation technology has ushered in a new era of possibilities previously considered science fiction until a few years ago. It’s also providing students in Southwest Michigan and across the country the opportunity to participate in robotics programs that teach the value of science, engineering, teamwork, and technology in a fun environment. Next week will provide a great opportunity to explore ways that advanced robotics can create new opportunities for business and commerce while also improving the quality of life for Americans with disabilities and chronic illness.”

The subcommittee’s Disrupter Series has provided an opportunity for the committee to better understand how federal policies both help and hinder economic growth of emerging technologies. The series has helped shape the drafting of targeted legislation to ensure policies are modernized for the 21st century and put innovation first. The hearing builds upon previous discussions of mobile health care apps, the Internet of Things, sharing economy, drones, mobile payments, 3-D printing, and digital currency.

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony is available here as they are posted.

- This article is edited from press releases by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) and U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee by CFE Media.

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