Tag Archive | Innovation

Google’s Eric Schmidt on Tracking Mobile Phone Locations

From Politico Playbook, May 15, 2011

FIRST LOOK – Google’s Eric Schmidt, on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” today: “Today, your phone knows who you are, where you are, where you’re going, to some degree, because it can see your path. And with that and with your permission, it’s possible for software and software developers to predict where you’re going to go, to suggest people you should meet, to suggest activities and so forth. So ultimately what happens is, the mobile phone does what it does best, which is remember everything and make suggestions. And then you can be just a better human and have a good time.  …”

Full text via Politico Playbook and CNN Global Public Square.

Mining of Raw Data May Bring New Productivity, a Study Says

By Steve Lohr, NYT, May 13, 2011

…The quantity of business data doubles every 1.2 years, by one estimate. Mining and analyzing these big new data sets can open the door to a new wave of innovation, accelerating productivity and economic growth. …The next stage, they say, will exploit Internet-scale data sets to discover new businesses and predict consumer behavior and market shifts. …

For full text of the article, visit Mining of Raw Data May Bring New Productivity, a Study Says – NYTimes.com. The McKinsey Global Institute will release a report today titled “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity.”

The World’s Top 10 Gov 2.0 Initiatives

The World’s Top 10 Gov 2.0 Initiatives

By Darren Sharp, Shareable: Science & Tech01.19.11

The Gov 2.0 movement continues to gain momentum around the world with a number of inspiring people, projects & ideas rising to prominence over the last year or so. Sometimes the most important innovations emerge from the periphery where creative citizens take a “do it first, ask for permission later” approach that can generate a wealth of benefits for the entire global community. So here’s [Darren Sharp’s] pick of the world’s best Gov 2.0 initiatives. What are your favorites?

via Shareable: The World’s Top 10 Gov 2.0 Initiatives.

President’s Innovation Strategy Released and Feedback Solicited

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White House Website, February 5, 2011

America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate.  We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people.  To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.  This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.

You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback using on Slideshare using the links provided via Innovation | The White House.

President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee Discussion

The President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), which is part of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), is soliciting information and ideas from stakeholders—including the research community, the private sector, universities, national laboratories, State and local governments, foundations, and nonprofit organizations—regarding the congruence of three areas of research that together are transforming the technology landscape: information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Specifically, PITAC would like to know:

What are the critical infrastructures that only government can help provide that are needed to enable creation of new biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology products and innovations that will lead to new jobs and greater GDP?

Points to consider include: What are unique opportunities at the intersections of these fields; where is the basic research in these fields taking us and what knowledge gaps remain; what are the impediments to commercialization and broad use of these technologies; what infrastructure is required to properly test, prototype, scale, and manufacture breakthrough technologies; where should the Federal government invest and focus; and what Federal policies or programs relating to these technologies are in need of review and what new programs or policies may be needed in light of recent and anticipated advances in these fields?

Stakeholderscan submit ideas at the OpenPCAST website: http://pcast.ideascale.com  and can also submit comments during a live webcast discussion that will take place on Tuesday, June 22 from 10 am to 2:30 pm on the PCAST website.

DATE: Tuesday, June 22, 2010,  10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For full agenda and instructions for listening: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast

OSTP FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Date: February 1, 2010,  Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm, AAAS Auditorium


  • John P. Holdren – Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
  • Aneesh Chopra – Chief Technology Officer and Associate
  • Director, Technology Shere Abbott – OSTP Associate Director, Energy & Environment
  • Arden Bement – NSF Director
  • Jane Lubchenco – NOAA Administrator
  • Lori Garver – NASA Deputy Administrator

Briefing Memos can be found at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/rd_budgets/fy_2009_budget/2011_budget

OMB President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2011: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

Agency FY 2011 Budget Briefing Schedule

The schedule of other agency FY 2011 budget briefings can be found at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2011/

Stay on top of the FY 2011 budget process with Twitter updates from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: http://twitter.com/AAAS_RDBudget


  • “The Obama Administration’s FY2011 Budget calls for $66 billion investment in nondefense research and development (R&D) – an increase of $3.7 billion or 5.9 percent above the FY2010 enacted level – reflecting the Administration’s firm belief that investment in science, technology, and innovation is the key to building the American Economy of the future.”
  • “The President’s Budget maintains, as promised, a path to double the budgets of three key science agencies – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories – by providing them a combined $13.3 billion, an increase of $824 million or 6.6 percent above the 2010 enacted total;”
  • “The Presiden’ts Budget provides almost $1 billion t the R&D budget of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration – a substantial increase over 2010 – and also calls for $2.6 billion – an increase of $439 million or 21 percent – to multi-agency U.S. Global change Research Program (USGCRP), affirming the Administration’s commitment to understanding the risks posed by climate change and developing appropriate strategices to mitigate and adapt to those risks.”
  • “The President’s Budget provides $679 million for the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”


U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Technology and Innovation Policies Compared

A new report, published by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation on September 11, 2008, compares John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s technology and innovation positions, which “increasingly recognize the central role that science, technology and innovation play in economic growth…” For the full text of the report, visit http://www.itif.org/index.php?id=176. For more on the candidates’ technology and innovation positions, also check out the following:

Obama and McCain Have Now Responded to Science Debate 2008 Questions. Science Debate 2008 has released Republican Presidential nominee John McCain’s responses to its “top 14 science questions facing America.” Democrat Barack Obama’s responses appeared earlier and are accessible from the same link. The questions cover topics such as innovation, climate change, energy, health, and research, among others.

Source: AAAS Policy Alert, September 17, 2008

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