The subtitle of Mark Zachary Taylor’s new book, The Politics of Innovation (Oxford University Press), asks why some countries are better than others at science and technology. He argues that the answer lies in politics and proposes a theory of “creative insecurity,” arguing that innovation rates should be higher in countries in which external threats outweigh domestic tensions.
One of the challenges when it comes to innovation to government innovation, especially innovation focused on development, is the shocking lack of real world understanding of ground conditions and local cultural beliefs, narratives and views across the world. One very senior US Government policymaker in the room pushed back strongly on the concept of better incorporation of socio-cultural insight into government development activities.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter today (7/26) rolled out the department's second innovation hub, a new office in Boston that joins the technology outpost that he opened last year in Silicon Valley, California. The secretary has championed Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, as one of the ways the Pentagon is investing in innovation and a model for outreach to the United States’ innovative technology communities.
The all-electric, 5-door luxury Model S which, via its high performance, advanced technology and elegant styling, helped Tesla revolutionize the way the public and the auto industry itself view EVs. Tesla topped the U.S. electrified segment in 2015 with 25,245 sales and in this year’s first six months with about 13,540, according to WardsAuto estimates.
The writer Andrew Solomon has said that travel gives you both a window and a mirror. You encounter people and ideas very different than your own, which makes you aware of new possibilities that never occurred to you before. At the same time, these new experiences give you a different perspective of your own culture.
There's a powerful myth that many people continue to believe in: that innovation comes about through a flash of inspiration, a Eureka! moment. In reality, innovation is fed by a constant diet of relevant and up-to-date information that can be reused and recombined to give shape to new ideas.
Switzerland topped the list, followed by the UK and Sweden. The Netherlands followed in close fourth and the US ranked fifth. The ranking is based on seven core elements including institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market and business sophistication, knowledge and technology tools, and creative outputs.
Innovation has always been a messy business, a twisting path of colliding ideas and accidental discoveries. What has changed over time is not how we innovate but where we innovate. And innovation isn’t limited to start-ups. Cities are undertaking groundbreaking projects to remake themselves physically, culturally and economically.
Using the input the committee received from these roundtable discussions, the committee released the successor to the COMPETES efforts -- the bipartisan American Innovation and Competitiveness Act -- which was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee this week.
Ion propulsion is incredibly efficient, which cuts way down on the fuel the craft has to carry. That massively reduces costs, and leaves a lot more room for other cargo. Combustion systems also require big burns to get going and big burns to slow down again, while ion propulsion moves more smoothly, opening up all sorts of new routes and locations.