US Congressional Caucus on Robotics

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Congressman Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Congressman Zack Wamp, a Republican from Tennessee, have formed a bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Robotics. “Robots are now being used well beyond traditional industrial automation applications like assembling automobiles,” said Doyle. “Today, they are also being used to defend our nation, perform surgery, fill prescriptions, deliver supplies and materials, and even as tools to educate our children, so it is important that we create a forum by which Congress can familiarize itself with the impact this first great technology of the 21st century is likely to have on the lives of all Americans.”

The preliminary, proposed goals of the bipartisan Robotics Caucus will include, but are not limited to:

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  • Increasing general awareness of robotics industry challenges and issues among Members of Congress and policy analysts in the federal government;
  • Educating Members of Congress and congressional staff on current and future research, development, and utilization initiatives involving robotics;
  • Serving as a forum where robotics-related policy issues can be discussed and debated; and
  • Ensuring that the US remains globally competitive as the robotics industry rapidly expands and begins to exert a profound effect on the way Americans live their lives. Like how they elected one governor in California. [GT]
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