Opinion

Will Technology Kill Universities?

MIT’s creation of OpenCourseWare is credited with sparking a global movement to make educational resources free to access, adapt, and redistribute. It’s been over a decade and hundreds of universities now offer open course material online. The Internet has expanded its reach, computers have gone through several generations, and mobile phones are nearly ubiquitous. In this new environment, it’s clear that sitting down in front of a chalkboard with a spiral notebook and pen is an anachronism—but what else will be?

STEM, STEAM or The Three R’s? What is the best education for my child today?

The honest answer is that you do not have to feel forced to make a choice. It is, indeed, possible to have it all, especially during the early childhood and elementary school years. The fact is that any good educational institution, serving the needs of preschool through elementary school children, is going to have well-established, rigorous and engaging reading, writing and mathematics curricula (the Three R’s).

Putting the E in STEM-STEAM

There are many professional development activities headlining science, technology and math, but not too many for engineering. Some may think that engineering is reserved for the older children, but the very foundation of engineering thinking skills (critical thinking skills) must begin with the young child.

Stop patent trolls from preying on innovation

Trolls force businesses to make a difficult decision: righteously fight back but pay lawyers millions of dollars over several years, or pay hundreds of thousands of dollars as a “license” to make the troll go away. Kinze faced this situation in 2012 when we were sued by a company that owned patents titled “Electronic Proposal Preparation System” and “Electronic Proposal Preparation System for Selling Computer Equipment and Copying Systems.” We managed to reach a solution that kept legal bills low while not giving in to demands.

Senator Hatch: It’s Time to Kill Patent Trolls for Good

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) penned an op-ed in Wired on Monday outlining his must-haves in any patent reform legislation. Those include increased pleading standards, demand letter reform, a fee shifting provision, a customer stay provision and another that would ensure the recovery of legal fees. In the face of some criticism to the broad approach, he said: "I have repeatedly been told that a multi-pronged approach that tackles each of these issues is needed to effectively combat patent trolls across all levels of industry."

What immigration has to do with innovation

The unique success of innovative startups in the U.S. economy compared to anyplace else in the world (except perhaps Israel) reflects the diverse, jostling, even chaotic nature of U.S. society, with so many different ideas, viewpoints and approaches.

University CIO Discusses the Future of Education

In this interview with CIO Insight contributor, Peter High, Dutcher describes his vision as a university CIO, the future of education technology and the topics he likes to cover in his much-read blog.

A New Approach to Innovation

Of all the recent business buzzwords, innovation and disruption rank among the most popular. What you may be surprised to learn is that they also rank among the most widely misunderstood. Indeed, if you were to look up either term's definition, you may be surprised at what you would find—and the resulting implications.

Here’s why patents are innovation’s worst enemy

A new paper, Does Patent Licensing Mean Innovation, by Robin Feldman, of the University of California-Hastings Law School, and my colleague Mark Lemley, of Stanford Law School, dispels what doubt there may have been about the innovation value of patents. They analyzed the experience of real companies to see how often patent licenses actually spur innovation or technology transfer when patent holders assert their patents against companies.

Professor-to-Professor: You Are Wrong about Patent Reform

Earlier this month I posted a letter to Congress from a group of 51 law professors and economists suggesting that the empirical evidence shows that patents are actually serving as a deterrent to innovation because potential innovators are afraid of getting sued for patent infringement and that the rewards of patent reform “could be great.”  Now comes the response signed by 40 law professors and economists expressing “deep concern” that the aforementioned studies are “flawed, unreliable, [and] incomplete.”

5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020

In the next five years, we'll start to rethink a lot about education, from what's in school lunches to what a college degree really means. We asked the world’s most innovative companies in education to school us on the future of the classroom, with predictions for the next five years.

Robots are hurting middle class workers, and education won’t solve the problem

Whether it is robots in manufacturing, automated check-out of retail establishments, e-shopping taking people out of distribution networks, information technology replacing what used to be done by low-level, white-collar managerial and clerical labor, the ability to take blood pressure and perform other medical tests with much less human labor input, automated call-center systems – it appears that technology is permitting very large-scale substitutions.

What’s Wrong with the FAA’s New Drone Rules

In many industries, drones are poised to generate what Paul Nunes and I call Big Bang Disruptions, with the FAA itself estimating $100 billion in new business growth. Drones could revolutionize everything from natural resource protection, agriculture, emergency services, aerial photography, filmmaking, and delivery.

The False Promise of Title II Certainty

Rob Atkinson testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, arguing that net neutrality advocates would better advance the cause of an open Internet by supporting Congressional legislation, rather than placing a high stakes bet on the FCC’s Title II reclassification surviving a court challenge or a change in Administrations in 2017.

Innovation Needs to be a Central Focus of the Federal Budget

As American manufacturing continues its slow recovery from the Great Recession, improved competitiveness and innovation need to remain strong federal priorities. It’s therefore heartening to note that the President’s FY 2016 budget request illustrates the administration’s belief in the power of public/private research partnerships to restore American industry’s competitive edge in advanced industries.

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