8. The Future: The Expanding Universe of Global Innovation

“The world is our lab now.”

—Dr. John E. Kelly III, Director of IBM Research1

Knowledge Drives Economic Development and Becomes the Foundation of Power

For most of human history, controlling territory and other natural resources meant effective power and control of economic life. With the Industrial Revolution, this began to change. Today small nations without physical resources can command great wealth. The battles and power struggles of this century are increasingly about knowledge and technology. Since the 18th century, when the Industrial Revolution started in Britain, the world has witnessed successive changes in the “techno-economic paradigm.” Interdependent and mutually supporting ...

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