Innovation is the source of economic prosperity and global progress, simplifying routines and enriching quality of life. The internet has fundamentally altered how the world works, communicates and thinks. The global information revolution has ushered in a new era of global conversations, cooperation and crowd-sourcing among researchers, speeding the spread of new ideas and technologies in every discipline. Researchers race to develop energy alternatives, synthetic biology, transportation improvements, environmental protections or cures for disease. Governments must keep up pace with funding of education and infrastructure as well as regulations on patents, immigration, intellectual property protections and more.

China-IBM Computer Deal Marks a New Era

In the global IT revolution, China and India join the US – leaving Europe and Japan behind
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
April 1, 2005

Chinese Cell Phone Breaches North Korean Hermit Kingdom

Cell phone technology is poised to re-shape the North Korean world view - seen through the Chinese peephole
Rebecca MacKinnon
January 17, 2005

Asia Holds the Key to the Future of GM Food

Wary Asian consumers may decide how much genetically modified food will reach the world's dinner tables
John Feffer
December 2, 2004

Power of Information Technology Awaits Unleashing

Developing countries should focus more on practical issues than on winning hollow political victory
William Mougayar
July 1, 2004

Strategy for an Energy-Starved World: Go Coal!

With enormous coal reserves worldwide, the technology to turn coal into liquid fuel holds promise
David Dapice
July 15, 2004

Build an Encyclopedia: Everybody is Invited

Authority is not absent, just dispersed, in online encyclopedia
Andrew Lih
May 5, 2004

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Why More Defense Spending Could Slow Technology Growth

War draws science and math resources that would otherwise spur trade and economic growth
Satyajit Das
February 24, 2016

AI and Robots Threaten to Unleash Mass Unemployment, Scientists Warn

Humans may have more leisure time, but how will they pay for activities and daily necessities?
Clive Cookson
February 16, 2016

Magistrate Orders Apple to Help FBI Hack San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone

Apple CEO suggests that the FBI is demanding a backdoor that could put any iPhone data at risk
Kim Zetter
February 17, 2016

Gravity Waves From Black Holes Verify Einstein’s Prediction

Giant laser beams offer new details on gravitational waves, black holes and space
Andrew Grant
February 12, 2016

India’s Regulator Effectively Bans Facebook’s Free Basics Service

Facebook suggests that an independent board could be appointed to decide Free Basics content
Sean McLain, Joanna Sugden and Deepa Seetharaman
February 10, 2016

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