Ford employees are driving innovation throughout the business at record pace, netting approximately 1,500 U.S. patents so far this year - the most of any automaker and a 25 percent increase versus 2015. Ford employees have submitted the most patent applications in the company’s 113-year history this year -in both the United States and globally.
A thriving private broadband industry is necessary to spur advanced technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things. The private expansion of broadband is good not only for innovation but for business and jobs in general.
To ensure that our military continues leading change technologically, we are pushing the envelope on research and development. The last budget we proposed called for $72 billion in research and development in the next year alone - more than double what Apple, Intel, and Google spent last year on R&D combined. Beyond that, we’ve made progress in building, and in some cases rebuilding, the bridges between the Pentagon and America’s technology community.
Congress has reached a truce -- and possibly a lasting settlement -- in the fiercely partisan 3-year war between Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the scientific community over how the National Science Foundation (NSF) should operate. The terms of the agreement, between House and Senate negotiators, may seem like minor changes. But the compromise, which the Senate could adopt as early as this week, resolves differences over how NSF should conduct peer review and manage research in ways that the agency thinks it can live with.
Most inventors come up with their inventions as a means to solving a problem they face or affected by in their every day lives. Given that majority of inventors are men, they design their inventions with men in mind, ensuring that many women’s issues are not being accurately represented.
This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology. This year’s Top 10 Innovations winners do include bold, new platforms that look primed to rev up discovery in basic biology, drug development, and clinical labs.
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.
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.
These events brought together members of Congress, governors, other federal, state, tribal, and local officials, academic leaders, private sector energy leaders, DOE officials, and other stakeholders from economic development organizations and nongovernmental organizations to examine clean energy technology innovation from a regional perspective.