September 16, 2020
Tech Policy and the 2020 Election, Part 4 – Emerging Technology and the Regulatory State
Emerging technologies — from autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence and 3-D printing — are rapidly evolving, and their applications often raise new regulatory questions. In a new insight, AAF’s Director of Technology and Innovation Policy Jennifer Huddleston contrasts the regulatory philosophy of the Trump and Obama Administrations, using autonomous vehicles as a case study. Either Trump or Biden’s approach to regulatory policy will impact a wide range of emerging technologies as well as the general culture of innovation, she argues.
The overall regulatory environment can send important signals to innovators about their ability to experiment and be entrepreneurial. For example, some innovations may need a federal framework, which could encourage improvements and entrepreneurship by eliminating potential conflicts in state law or overcoming innovation-deterring state and local regulations. Continuing the light-touch approach taken to many technologies and examining the necessity of the regulatory burdens on others will help continue the United States’ innovation leadership in a number of areas and applications.