It’s no secret that we’re living in an era of truly amazing mobile innovation. The United States is leading the world in this space, deploying new state of the art mobile technologies that even 10 years ago would have been considered “a long shot.” But as we continue making these important strides forward, we must be careful to ensure that we’re shepherding policies and regulations that will continue supporting these incredible capabilities.
Today’s tech companies can no longer rely on breakthroughs, robust patent portfolios, or one dominant revenue stream. These companies must own the future. They must capture our imagination, earn our trust, and somehow keep our attention on them. And they must be very large and broad. Those that succeed will soon be worth trillions of dollars, and we won’t know what they actually do anymore. They will be the new mega innovation companies.
US Ignite is a non-profit with close ties to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation (NSF) . It's also the organization behind the Smart Gigabit Communities project, which is geared toward creating new gigabit-powered applications, and now the Advanced Wireless Consortium that was announced in July. US Ignite is both taking advantage of the technology trends that are proliferating through cities and helping to lead them.
“The most valuable and fastest growing companies in the world have really built themselves for a different world because they’ve seen a paradigm shift. But if you look at us as an industry we focus on the edge. When you look at companies that you think are very innovative, mostly it’s at a marketing level … most of the time they are just applying technology to the edge.”
The White House has taken this even further, but requiring that federal government, when creating new software, also make at least part of it available for the public to provide feedback and innovate on. Why is this important? If successful, it could reduce duplication, spurn innovation and drive down costs for government agencies that have for too long muddled through building or buying in their own technology stacks, without operating to a set of standards.
In the search for carbon-free sources of energy to power the 21st century, more and more people are considering advanced nuclear reactors, and the potential they offer. As a nation, we must make a concerted effort to introduce new technologies into the nuclear arena. Other countries are already investing in the nuclear challenge to provide emission-free baseload electricity economically.
As the US continues to emerge from the Great Recession, there is an urgent need to look beyond Silicon Valley and support high-tech -- or “advanced” -- industries across the country in order to boost sluggish economic growth and reduce economic inequality, according to Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings who directs the Metropolitan Policy Program, which conducted the study.
“There’s a home-field advantage,” said Arthur Dong, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “Whether it’s state function of government policy or a less formal policy, foreign companies are at a great disadvantage.” That’s in line with Beijing’s desire to cultivate so-called national champions, large domestic companies hoped to one day become China’s most recognizable multi-national brands.
The Pentagon is setting up outposts in innovation centers outside its Washington headquarters to give US warfighters better technology when confronting enemies -- whether in cyberspace or on the physical battlefield. That's critical for maintaining the military's edge moving forward, said Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Tuesday at the opening of the initiative's Boston office.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter talks about innovation and the rapid acquisition of technology to support DoD, at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Boston, July 27, 2016.