Technology (October 2009)

A key to government performance

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made a prediction about the speed of innovation in the electronics industry. To paraphrase, he posited that the number of transistors on a chip would double about every two years. During the ensuing 40 years, this prediction proved to be so accurate that it is now known as “Moore’s Law.”

Apps.gov signifies a sea change

The whole apps.gov and cloud computing approach offers new technology that can help government people serve the public better. It uses current technologies, particularly social media, to facilitate two-way communication between the citizenry and public servants. This approach also enables the rank-and-file, who really make things work, to tell leadership what’s really going on, and to improve internal processes.

Big step for solar in an 'all of the above' energy plan

The United States is positioned to become the world’s largest market for photovoltaics. That’s science-speak for solar energy — the process by which sunlight is converted directly into electricity. In order to achieve this goal, however, we need the collaboration of industry, government and academia to move forward with research and development.

Space-based technologies benefit Earth

This past weekend I was fortunate to be able to participate in a ceremony at my alma mater, Rice University, during the Rice/Navy football game. (As a former Naval Aviator I felt comfortable on either sideline.) The occasion was to present the NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award, which was awarded posthumously to President John F. Kennedy, to Rice University.

Senate can't have it both ways

You can’t get something for nothing … Yet, the senators working on healthcare reform on the Finance Committee are under the impression that they can when it comes to the medical device industry.