There was lots of talk about virtual reality in 2016, but most of it was looking forward to trends that might come true in a few years. The real action, however, was in another form of reality, the augmented kind. AR, or augmented reality, tops our annual list of tech innovations for 2016, highlighted, of course, by the Pokémon Go app, and all those crazy filters we added to our Snapchat photos.
As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come.
The solution to a failing US jobs market is technical innovation and creativity that would create more specializations in the country. The two write that America -- the origin of LEDs, flat-panel televisions, microchips and lasers -- passed the torch to Asia after the US licensed the former said technologies for manufacturing and development.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its annual report in which it revealed the number of applications filed by the Chinese for obtaining patent rights on their masterpieces. The regulatory body declared the figures as unexpected and extraordinary. The patent applications that have been filed include new ideas and innovations in the niches that included computing, telecoms, medical tech and semiconductors.
Contrary to perceptions, America’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy is not concentrated around hubs like Silicon Valley; it is widely diffused—and every state and congressional district has a stake in its success.
Congress is poised to approve a massive piece of legislation that would provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $4.8 billion over the next decade for a set of research initiatives, including brain and cancer research and efforts to develop so-called precision medicine treatments that are tailored to an individual’s genetic makeup.
The purpose of this report is to shed light on just how widely diffused the country’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy really is, so members of Congress and other policymakers can find common cause in advancing an agenda that builds up the shared foundations of national strength in a globally integrated marketplace.
This is a special time for technology. Five of the world’s seven most valuable companies are U.S. tech firms. But the core innovations underlying Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. are decades old.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released an open memo to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team outlining actionable proposals that the new administration can accomplish in its first year to bolster America’s innovation economy.
Over the last year, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office has been at the core of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s push for greater innovation inside the Pentagon -- so much so that Carter has the unit reporting directly to his office to bypass the typical department bureaucracy and ensure its success. But with Carter not expected to continue in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, the question of what happens to DIUx -- and its managing director, Raj Shah -- is up in the air.