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.

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

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

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

Build an Encyclopedia: Everybody is Invited

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

Silicon Valley Dons a Brave Face, Despite Worries

The birthplace of hi-tech globalization frets about competition
S.L. Bachman
April 28, 2004

China's ‘Big Mamas' in a Quandary

Caught between the urge to repress and to make use of the Internet, Beijing sees its power eroded
Paul Mooney
April 12, 2004