by Francie Diep, Innovative News Daily on Discovery News, April 30, 2012
Just as researchers are able to predict tornadoes and tsunamis, they can sometimes predict war and violence, too. Researchers developed the world’s first early-warning systems to protect civilians after the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Now the Obama administration has put out a call for the next generation of technologies made to prevent mass torture, killings and more. … At the same time, USAID — a government agency responsible for providing humanitarian aid — issued a challenge seeking technology to prevent atrocities. …
For full text of the article, visit How Tech Can Help Prevent Violence : Discovery News.
by Dan Vergano, USA Today, April 10, 2012
And if the government dangles prize money in front of inventors to come up with technology solutions to common problems, it can get results just as in the private sector, suggests a White House report out today that documents its successes in offering “challenge” prizes. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) report follows passage last year of the America COMPETES Act, which streamlined federal research funding rules, and gave agencies wider latitude to solve problems by offering competitive prizes. Prizes such as 2004’s Ansari X Prize, where philanthropists awarded $10 million to the first private spacecraft to reach 62 miles high twice in two weeks, helped inspire the move. …
For full text of the report, visit White House touts ‘challenge’ prizes for tech solutions – USATODAY.com.