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Cute ... for now. [Joi/Creative Commons]

If robots are so dangerous to the future of our jobs, as a lot of people assert, one might fairly ask why governments don't place curbs on their development or how they are used.

But robot regulation has thus far won almost no support -- a few months ago, Bill Gates was widely shot down when he merely suggested a robot tax to slow the pace of robots into our lives so humanity can catch up. "Do I want to slow down robotic surgery? No. I want more and more precise surgeries with crazier and crazier gear. I do not want the government in the business of slowing down tech progress," Andrew McAfee, co-author of The Second Machine Age, tells Axios.

Why it's important: there is a likelihood that robotization — the possibility that automation will rapidly sweep through white and blue collar professions in the coming years — will proceed without policy intervention anywhere.

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

6 hours ago - Technology

Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.