Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Why America is Losing its Innovative Edge

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Norm Augustine believes that America is falling behind other countries like China and India in technological innovation. This is because our culture portrays engineers and scientists as nerds rather than venerating them, because our educational system deemphasizes science and math, and because we don’t invest enough in long-term basic research. “Despite what many Americans believe,” he writes, “our nation does not possess an innate knack for greatness. ¬†Greatness must be worked for and won by each new generation.”


Read our Kaizen interview with Judy Estrin, in which she covers similar themes.

Two short talks on technology

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Two terrific talks: George Dyson gives a quick and entertaining overview of the birth of the computer, and Robert Full shows how engineering can solve problems by taking inspiration from nature.