29 Nov '11, 7pm

Tech Is Invented Globally but Adopted One Country at a Time

Tech Is Invented Globally but Adopted One Country at a Time

Click on illustration to enlarge. Even in ancient Greece it was a truism that "Nothing endures but change ," but according to the experts at Rand Corp., the future impact of new inventions and innovations will vary widely, depending on where you look on the globe. A new analysis of a 2006 Rand report titled The Global Technology Revolution 2020, In-Depth Analyses [PDF] reveals that only a handful of countries will be able to surpass the limitations found in the original report. The 2006 study identified 16 revolu­tionary technologies that would soon be widely available. However, "not all countries will necessarily be able to acquire [a technology]—much less put it widely to use—within that time frame," the study's executive summary stated. Rand chose a total of 29 countries representing various geographical regions, levels of social and economic development, and science an...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/tech-is-inven...

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