From a story in Technology Review:“It is my intention as CTO to focus on public-private collaboration to
…invest in a more targeted R&D opportunity that would bring private sector resources, universities and the public sector together for a given problem
…to focus federal policy on leveraging information technology to revamp health care, education and the energy infrastructure. The administration has three key goals for strengthening American’s competitiveness and driving innovation. Improve the environment for private-sector innovation; invest in the building blocks of innovation such as human capital, fundamental research, and infrastructure, and third, harness innovation to address key national priorities: accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, allowing Americans to lead longer, healthier lives, and making government more open and transparent.”
Not a single word about robotics.
The Harvard Business Review says that: After decades of outsourcing factory work to low-wage countries, Americans can no longer make many of the high-value goods that matter in the 21st century
not even Amazon’s Kindle e-reader!
…What to do? Government and private industry must work together to rebuild what can be called the nation’s industrial commons (akin to the grazing land that farmers shared for their herds).
RoboCluster – a Danish public-private partnership (P-PIP) – helps industry extend development and innovation – not just by helping companies that want to introduce robotics technology, but also by addressing specific robotics problems that, if achieved will address strategic national priorities.