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Virtual Workshop on Measurement of Automation in U.S. Firms


On June 23, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau and New York University jointly hosted a video conference on the use of automation in U.S. businesses.  Artificial intelligence (AI), robots, and other types of automation are dramatically changing the way production occurs in U.S. businesses.  In an effort to better understand these effects, the U.S. Census Bureau has started measuring the use of robots in U.S. businesses through the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) and the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES), and the use of AI, cloud hosting services, robots, and other technologies in U.S. firms through the Annual Business Survey (ABS).  The video conference highlighted some of the early findings from these surveys and sought feedback for soon-to-be-released experimental data products from experts in the field.


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