Monthly Archives April 2015

Techonomy Comes to Town

Techonomy Comes to Town

Nigel Cameron, President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

It’s been a long-standing C-PET theme that the District and the Valley are much further apart than 3,000 miles; and that every effort to bring them into closer correlation will be worth billions to the economy and years to U.S. security (our commentary setting out this case in 2011 is pasted below). Those efforts are remarkably few and far between. Even the big tech companies, when they come to Washington, rather than seeking to upend the short-term thinking that is bringing this nation down just play the game. As one top lobbyist told me after I had met his chairman to talk long term, “I need to tell my boss to read my contract. It says I have a two-year time horizon.”

So we were deli...

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Six Dimensions of Catastrophic Risk

Six Dimensions of Catastrophic Risk

In 2015, a major C-PET theme will be risk.

Specifically, the value of risk-focused thinking as a guide to the development of policy and its priorities. In particular, six issues intersecting with policy on science and technology in which framing the question in risk terms would shed fresh light and aid in decision-making. Since Washington is pre-eminently a rational and long-term-focused community, we expect such an approach to commend itself widely.

Each of these questions is one in which a certain possible outcome would be catastrophic. The catastrophes are of different kinds. And different likelihoods. But none is impossible. The degree to which we can reduce their likelihood, or impact, or both, are matters that should greatly preoccupy our leaders...

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