ASME Robotics Public Policy Task Force Releases White Paper on Robotics and COVID-19

Aug 31, 2020

by ASME.org

The ASME Robotics Public Policy Task Force (RPPTF) has released a white paper on “Robotics & COVID-19: How Robotic Technologies are Critical in Getting America Up and Running in The Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The paper discusses how robotic technologies are being used to help curb and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have proven to be critical in responding to contemporary global health crises. The paper makes the case that the federal government has an important role to play in preparing and equipping society to be able to anticipate and formulate responses, and not just react, to global threats like COVID-19.
 
The white paper shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “call to action” for how the world can be better prepared to respond to and mitigate future global health disasters. In the paper, the ASME RPPTF shares how the United States can adapt and develop responsive robotics technologies that will allow the U.S. to be agile enough to respond to future crises. Specifically, the paper dives into five key examples of how the U.S. can continue to combat COVID-19 today, while also preparing itself for a more secure future. The five examples of where investments in robotics technologies can have the biggest impact include:
 
  1. Deep cleaning
  2. Rapid manufacturing
  3. Logistics
  4. Healthcare
  5. Telepresence 

ASME invites you to read the white paper in its entirety at: https://www.asme.org/getmedia/78ad09da-c1c0-4e73-99e1-0c2cdbf412c7/ps20-11-asme-rpptf-covid-19-paper.pdf.

To engage with ASME on this issue, please contact Samantha Fijacko at FijackoS@asme.org. 

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