Science and Technology Innovation Program
Will information technology provide new solutions to our environmental dilemmas? A new collection of research studies, edited by the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project Director David Rejeski, examines the environmental impact of the Internet economy.
The application of nano-scale technologies is beginning to dramatically impact both how we produce and conserve energy. How far can these technologies take us on the road towards energy independence? In this seminar, a panel of industry experts explored a wide range of technologies, ranging from photovoltaics to lighting and clean coal technology.
Can technology help us preserve our freedoms while reducing the threat of terrorist attacks? The Center's Foresight and Governance Project recently convened a group of experts to discuss ways to improve both civil liberties and national security in today's information age where the pressure is high for rapid data gathering and analysis.
Just how prepared are we for a world where computing moves "off our desk" into the wider environment around us? This seminar and discussion explored a world where computing is embedded, nomadic, and largely invisible. Video of the seminar is available here.
The Center's Foresight and Governance Project seminar "Nanotechnology: Real Revenues Today and Impacts on the U.S. Economy” featured four leading nanotechnology firms with current products on the market – Nano-tex, Hyperion Catalysis, Inmat, and Optiva - and a renowned panel with Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, Phil Bond, Undersecretary of Technology at Commerce, and Mark Modzelewski of the NanoBusiness Alliance. Video of Seminar (RealPlayer)
Working with outside experts, the Foresight and Governance Project hosted a workshop, Game-based Learning Models & Simulations: Expert Blueprints for Project Success, which explored how the management and performance of three sectors – hospitals, high schools, and parks – can be improved using game-based simulation, learning, and training technologies.
Do companies have the right to patent genetic discoveries? This has become one of the most controversal intellectual property issues of our time. A panel of experts debated the ethical, legal, and financial implications of gene patenting at a recent Wilson Center event.