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What Obama and Congress Should Do for Science & Technology

Dépèche transmise le 1 mars 2011 par Business Wire

What Obama and Congress Should Do for Science & Technology

What Obama and Congress Should Do for Science & Technology

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amid much wrangling over how to allocate funds out of an increasingly out-of-control federal budget, the editors and writers at eight of TechMediaNetwork's sites sought the advice of dozens of researchers, technologists, futurists, analysts and business owners in fields ranging from space and earth science to health and technological innovation.

“Abolish all lobbying and agree to term limits in Congress. Nothing hinders my business, and many others, more than lobbyists who do not have the people’s interest first and the morons in Congress who hurt, not help, small businesses.”

We asked one simple question:

If you could ask President Obama and Congress to do one thing related to your field that would be for the good of the economy and the country, what would it be and why?

The insightful answers are presented in six linked articles on SPACE.com, LiveScience, TechNewsDaily, MyHealthNewsDaily, SecurityNewsDaily and BusinessNewsDaily, with additional reporting provided by the staffs of OurAmazingPlanet and InnovationNewsDaily.

The respondents, ranging from business owner and actor Wayne Rogers to Science Guy Bill Nye to tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Esther Dyson, called for investment in science and technology and for responsible regulation, but they also asked government to give researchers and businesses the freedom they need to do their work.

Here is a sample:

“Funding of fundamental research and development in science is responsible for much of our current standard of living, and our continued health and security, both economic and otherwise, depend on devoting resources not only to innovation and applied technologies, but to funding research that will be the basis of the technological breakthroughs of the next century."
– Lawrence Krauss
Theoretical physicist, Arizona State University

“Stop the heavy regulation of the tech sector. Biotech, the Internet, telecommunications and energy all have to deal with predatory regulation that stifles innovation, makes it more difficult to raise capital, and ensures that we are less competitive in the global market. Without government interference, the market will create a pipeline of innovation that will spur economic growth."
– Kathleen Allen
Professor and director of the USC Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization

“Over the last two decades we’ve watched a government unable to provide a vision for space exploration that is both bold and funded. So perhaps it is time for our government to ‘follow’ and support the entrepreneurial efforts of the fledgling commercial ‘new space’ industry. And if they will not support these efforts, then please ‘get out of the way.’”
– Michael Joyce
Founder, Next Giant Leap Google Lunar X-Prize team

“Abolish all lobbying and agree to term limits in Congress. Nothing hinders my business, and many others, more than lobbyists who do not have the people’s interest first and the morons in Congress who hurt, not help, small businesses.”
– Wayne Rogers
Former star of M*A*S*H* and founder of Wayne Rogers & Company

The full responses are here:

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