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    Henry Brown
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    Going to take some significant time to digest this 188 page report

    On December 16, 2010, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released an important new report entitled “Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology” (the PCAST Report). (The full report is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast and at the NITRD Web site http://www.nitrd.gov). PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people. PCAST is administered by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). NITRD seeks public comment on how the PCAST report’s recommendations may best be addressed.

    The NITRD website http://www.nitrd.gov/pcast-2010/report/nitrd-program/comments/ has a webcast to

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    Henry Brown
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    From the report itself…

    Title: Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology

    Executive Report

    From smartphones to eBook readers to game consoles to personal computers; from corporate datacenters to cloud services to scientific supercomputers; from digital photography and photo editing, to MP3 music players, to streaming media, to GPS navigation; from robot vacuum cleaners in the home, to adaptive cruise control in cars and the real-time control systems in hybrid vehicles, to robot vehicles on and above the battlefield; from the Internet and the World Wide Web to email, search engines, eCommerce, and social networks; from medical imaging, to computer-assisted surgery, to the large-scale data analysis that is enabling evidence-based healthcare and the new biology; from spreadsheets and word processing to revolutions in inventory control, supply chain, and logistics; from the automatic bar-coding of hand-addressed first class mail, to remarkably effective natural language translation, to rapidly improving speech recognition – our world today relies to an astonishing degree on systems, tools, and services that belong to a vast and still growing domain known as Networking and Information Technology (NIT). NIT underpins our national prosperity, health, and security. In recent decades, NIT has boosted U.S. labor productivity more than any other set of forces.

    The United States has a proud history of achievement and leadership in NIT. The Federal Government has played an essential role in fostering the advances in NIT that have transformed our world. Steady Federal investment in NIT research over the past 60 years has led to many of the breakthroughs noted above, often a decade or more after the research took place. The Federal investment in NIT research and development is without question one of the best investments our Nation has ever made1,2,3. In order to sustain and improve our quality of life, it is crucial that the United States continue to innovate more rapidly and more creatively than other countries in important areas of NIT. Only by continuing to invest in core NIT science and technology will we continue to reap such enormous societal benefits in the decades to come.

    Recent technological and societal trends place the further advancement and application of NIT squarely at the center of our Nation’s ability to achieve essentially all of our priorities and to address essentially all of our challenges:

    •• Advances in NIT are a key driver of economic competitiveness. They create new markets and increase productivity. For example, an investment in the National Science Foundation’s Digital Library Initiative in the 1990’s led to Google, a company with a market capitalization of nearly $200 billion4 that has transformed how we access information.

    •• Advances in NIT are crucial to achieving our major national and global priorities in energy and transportation, education and life-long learning, healthcare, and national and homeland security. NIT will be an indispensable element in buildings that manage their

    Download from PCAST : http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/pcast-nitrd-report-2010.pdf

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