Author Archives: Jeffrey Funk

Beyond Patents


This article is in Is Innovation China's Next Great Leap Forward?, Summer 2018


Scholars of innovation use patenting as an indicator of both innovativeness and the value of science. It might be neither. Over the past 20 years, patent analysis has become a dominant method of studying innovation. The number of papers containing “patent citation” listed in Google Scholar rose from fewer than 10 in 1998 to more […]

What Does Innovation Today Tell Us about the US Economy Tomorrow?


This article is in Science and Religion: Exploring the Harmonies, Fall 2017


Above all, that the nation needs to get a lot better at linking scientific advance to economically and socially valuable technologies. How does the future of technological innovation look for the United States economy? Experts disagree. Techno-optimists such as Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, Martin Ford, and Ray Kurzweil claim that there are endless opportunities arising […]