Is Innovation China’s Next Great Leap Forward?
Relying uncritically on assumptions of questionable legitimacy is a poor way to make policy. This concern animates several of the essays in the Summer 2018 Issues in Science and Technology.
- It all began in the middle of the fourth century BCE. Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics established a hierarchy of goods that laid the foundation for today’s science policy debates. A good pursued for… Read More
- Some observers tout autonomous (self-driving) vehicles by claiming that a computer is “simply a better driver than a human,” as a recent Time magazine article put it. This is not true now… Read More
- Global average annual temperatures have increased, and the rate of increase has accelerated, since the late nineteenth century. The extent of global warming in coming decades depends on future emissions of greenhouse… Read More
- Hundreds of times each year the natural gas pipeline system fails, shutting down electric power plants, but there is no national system to record these events and help us improve reliability. We… Read More
- Research and technologies designed to generate benefits for civilians that can also be used for military purposes are termed “dual use.” The concept of dual use frames and informs debates about how… Read More
- Proponents of today’s beleaguered nuclear power industry want the US Department of Defense to lead in commercial reactor development and deployment. Bad idea. Here’s a modest alternative. For much of the atomic… Read More
- The United States is the world’s innovation leader, but it can no longer take its premier position for granted. Innovation refers to the process of implementing new or improved technology and management… Read More
- 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… Read More
- Fudged assumptions about the future are hampering efforts to deal with climate change in the present. It’s time to get real. Policy action is required to mitigate and adapt to human-caused climate… Read More
- In September 2017, two hurricanes struck the US island of Puerto Rico, crippling its electric power grid. Because Puerto Rico is a major manufacturing site for medical supplies, the nation’s hospitals soon… Read More
- For roughly two thousand years, from 500 BCE to 1500 CE, China was the most advanced scientific civilization in the world. During this period, the Chinese intellectual tradition was more knowledgeable about… Read More