Scientists aim to free millions of Zika bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia. This bacteria decreases the mosquitoes' ability to spread viruses. The bacteria named Wolbachia will be injected to the mosquitoes, that is responsible for removing their capacity to pass on viruses to humans.
Accelerating innovation requires both political leadership and private sector leadership. Bill Gates believes the best leaders have the ability to do both the urgent things that demand the attention today and at the same time lay the groundwork for innovation that will pay dividends for decades.
by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, ASTRA Senior Advisor and Futurist
As ASTRA’s Executive Advisor and Futurist, I applaud the perspectives so eloquently expressed by Bill Gates in the video Why Governments Should Invest in Innovation and in his print column ‘Accelerating Innovation with Leadership,‘ first published in GatesNotes.com.
As the US presidential candidates lay out competing visions for the country, I have been thinking about a topic they have not yet discussed in detail: what political leadership can do to accelerate innovation. Innovation is the reason our lives have improved over the last century. From electricity and cars to medicine and planes, innovation has made the world better.
The Inspark Science Network creators Arizona State University and Smart Sparrow believes that general science education is a big factor affecting college completion. That is why they developed the course with the aim to have more students complete their college education. Smart Sparrow, one of Inspark Science Network creators and a firm originally based in Australia has been receiving positive responses for the course.
With the use of education chatbots, Prepathon CEO Allwin Agnel explained that the artificial intelligence-driven education technology bots are able to execute precise and detailed tasks that can improve or alter educational experiences by facilitating personalized learning. Agnel also added that creating several specific bots were much better than building a "one-size-fits-all" AI-driven education technology assistant because it eliminates the problems.
Bill Gates recently shocked a lot of people when he told a room full of educational technology entrepreneurs at the ASU GSV conference in San Diego that educational technology hasn’t really improved student learning. This was a blockbuster confession from the man behind Microsoft. While Gates said he still thought technology could be a difference-maker in schooling, his words offered a stark reality check for those hyping technology-infused innovation.
Bill Gates urged educators, investors and tech companies to devote time and money to technology that could personalize the school experience and curb the equity gap during a speech that helped close a three-day conference in San Diego on Wednesday. The co-founder of Microsoft said simply infusing classrooms with new technology is not enough to drive the kind of changes that are desperately needed in schools and colleges nationwide.
This presidential election has the country captivated. As many commentators have pointed out, the primaries are more focused on personalities than policy. While the parties focus on who is going to represent them in the fall, I want to make the case for something that I hope every candidate will agree on in November: America’s unparalleled capacity for innovation. When the United States invests in innovation, it creates companies and jobs at home, makes Americans healthier and safer, and saves lives and fights poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
“We need a massive amount of research into thousands of new ideas – even ones that might sound a little crazy – if we want to get to zero emissions by the end of this century,” Gates wrote. “New ways to make solar and wind power available to everyone around the clock could be one solution. Some of the crazier inventions I’m excited about are a possible way to use solar energy to produce fuel, much like plants use sunlight to make food for themselves, and batteries the size of swimming pools with huge storage capacity.