Here is an interesting article in the Technology Section of the BBC News about how the US government needs to do A LOT more in helping its technology Corporations and Citizens to do more.
"The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way," said Mr Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which stages CES.
I strongly feel that somehow along this road the US Government has lost it's path in technology innovation and investment. This article strengthens the need to get going again!
On May 25, 1961 President Kennedy addressed congress:
"I believe we should go to the Moon. But I think every citizen of this country as well as the Members of the Congress should consider the matter carefully in making their judgment, to which we have given attention over many weeks and months, because it is a heavy burden, and there is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful. If we are not, we should decide today and this year. This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, material and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not always characterized our research and development efforts. It means we cannot afford undue work stoppages, inflated costs of material or talent, wasteful interagency rivalries, or a high turnover of key personnel."
This was the right path, in 1969 Man step foot on the Moon. Somehow with time and wars we have lost our way. I am not saying Technology hasn't evolved, it has incredibly, but with a national or world sponsorship and the Number 1 slot instead of investment banking, and corporations like AIG that bleed capital dry, we as a nation and has human beings can do better.