This isn’t just a lesson for the United States. It’s a lesson for countries around the world: Once manufacturing bids farewell, engineering and production know-how depart as well, and innovation activities eventually follow. We can trace how this happened in the U.S. by looking back to the original offshoring frenzy which started with consumer electronics in the 1960s.
For the fourth year running, Stanford University tops Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.
Although space science can sometimes feel rather alien (excuse the pun) to most people, we actually have a lot to thank NASA for. The Space Race, and the politics surrounding it at the time, was a huge driving force for innovation in Science and Technology, and particularly in Materials Science and Engineering, as space exploration brought with it new challenges that required brand new solutions.
The Commission of Fine Arts panel was presented the second slate of designs during its Sept. 20 session. The 12 proposed American Innovation obverse designs are all new. One of the 14 reverse designs proposed is a design that was previously presented but got at least some positive comments from the committee during its last meeting; the other designs are all new, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White.
In June, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 10 millionth patent. Where are the most patents in the world being issued? Who are today’s leaders in innovation?
As I’ve written previously, to realize the transformative potential of fifth generation or 5G wireless networks, local governments will need to play a key role in the build-out process. This is crucial because while the current average download speed in a US home is 6.5 megabytes per second, 5G is expected to deliver up to 500 megabytes per second.
In the era of great power competition, the speed at which competing militaries are capable to innovate and evolve could determine who would win in a war. In light of the need for speed, military innovation experts at the Defense News Conference tackled the question of whether the Department of Defense can still move quickly to develop new technologies and capabilities.
It’s easy to forget just how much has changed in 50 years: 1968 saw the development of ARPANET - the foundation technology of the Internet and a project originally funded by the US military. The men and women who built it could hardly have imagined where their efforts would lead. But it’s that belief in innovation that has led to so many remarkable changes, and here, we ask four technology experts to reflect on what 50 years of innovation means to them.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $4 million in grants to 21 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 15 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
2thinknow announced their ranking of the world's 500 most innovative cities, with Tokyo ranking first overall and a majority of the top hundred cities comprised of US cities. San Francisco-San Jose moved down to number three city in the world for innovation, behind London, in the recently published 11th annual Innovation Cities Index of 500 of the world's most innovative cities.