Last night, President Donald Trump reiterated many of his campaign promises in his first formal address to the U.S. Congress. He promised to protect U.S. manufacturing, make a “big, big” corporate tax cut, and spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure projects. What does the Trump administration think about robotics?
The president has also said that he wants to increase military spending, renegotiate trade deals, and re-examine immigration policies. All of these will affect industrial automation, investments within different industry verticals, and staffing.
As the Trump administration’s cabinet settles and relationships with agencies and Congress develop, the direction will become clearer. In the meantime, we’ve collected our coverage of Trump’s statements so far and their relevance to robotics.
For example, federal encouragement of reshoring would likely cause U.S. manufacturers to implement robots for efficiency, but they’ll have to be careful about a backlash against automation, as seen in recent proposals to tax robots. Many robotics companies are now saying that their products are intended to help human workers, not outright replace them.
An increased focus on national security should lift drone makers, as would more inspections and repairs of bridges and oil rigs. On the other hand, restrictions on trade with China or Mexico could chill consumer goods.
Politics is inherently adversarial, and business is competitive, but government, business, academia, and more will need to work together for economic success. Understanding each group’s interests will be key to a thriving robotics industry in the next four years.
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