Lee Questions Experts on Impact of Robots on Automation

On Wednesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) chaired a Joint Economic Committee hearing titled “The Transformative Impact of Robots and Automation.” 

Hearing witnesses included Dr. Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Mr. Adam Keiper, Fellow and Editor of The New Atlantis;” and Dr. Harry Holzer, Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Lee questioned witnesses about the future of coding-related jobs, mentioning the innovative programs that some Utah schools have implemented to give their students an introduction to basic coding. He also asked about the innate human desire to create value and to be valued, and whether it could be hazardous to implement policies that subsidize non-work. You can watch the exchanges here.