Today (Oct 17) in Rochester, New York, USA, The Optical Society, the leading global association in optics and photonics, proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary in its hometown. Many other innovators also claim this year as their birthday - BMW, Boeing, Thermador, Lincoln Logs, the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Pulitzer Prize and the US National Park Service were all founded in 1916. What those founders shared with OSA was an increasingly interconnected geo-political world and economy.
You can watch our panel’s video, “Partnering with Industry for Innovation,” and it will provide an up-to-the-moment view of how US Cyber Command and the Department of Defense as a whole are attacking the innovation challenge, featuring leadership from the USCYBERCOM Capabilities Development Group, and the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his mentor, former Defense Secretary William J. Perry, discussed the importance of innovation in defense during a talk at the Hoover Institution Sept 19th. Carter said innovation will ensure the American military remains the best in the world. Perry was instrumental in moving the Defense Department from vacuum tubes to solid-state electronics. He also ensured the transition at the end of the Cold War was peaceful.
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.
Going back to the Founding Fathers and the writing of the U.S. Constitution (with the intellectual property clause), intellectual property (IP) has always featured prominently in the U.S. economy. Yet its importance is too often overlooked and undervalued. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent report -- Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update -- adds to a growing body of research that helps provide a clearer picture.
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.
The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Advisory Board said there is no shortage of ideas and innovation in the military, but what is lacking is the means to share and build on innovative ideas. The board, which was created by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in March, held its first public hearing to announce its interim findings and recommendations. Members include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Instagram Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine, Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka.
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.
Like countless innovators before it, Facebook has repeatedly swallowed up competitors’ features and made them bigger, better, and more accessible to a larger audience. And in the end, it's more than just Facebook that benefits. Often (though not always), it's ordinary users and even the business that got ripped off in the first place that win out. When done right, imitation represents a powerful, yet widely misunderstood business stratagem.