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Can the US maintain innovative edge?
Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about the decline of manufacturing in the U.S. Many U.S.-based companies are continuing to outsource functions like manufacturing and technical support to China and India in order to stay competitive. What has continued to stay (so far) in the U.S. is innovation. But, the threat of losing our innovative edge is looming. According to a CNN article, Inventive, inquiring minds rush to stay ahead, a recent poll indicates that 62 percent of Americans believe the “next Bill Gates” will come from China, Japan or India.
According to the Small Business Administration, innovation is particularly strong in high-tech, highly educated areas. But the Internet has helped level the playing field by enabling collaboration and thorough product research. Nearly 47 percent of U.S. patent applications filed in 2005 originated outside the United States, up from 23 percent in 1963. The number of domestic patent applications increased 212 percent in the same period.
Invention experts credit American schools for stimulating creativity and inviting students to be hands-on and imaginative. While U.S. universities remain cutting-edge, relatively few young Americans take advantage of the educational opportunities. Countries like Singapore are trying to emulate the engaging learning environment of U.S. schools. China and India continue to graduate multitudes more engineers than the U.S.
Merton C. Flemings, director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, which promotes U.S. invention, said the fact the world is "catching up" shouldn't frighten or surprise Americans. But he stressed they should be aware of innovation's critical economic and societal role, and thus the need to support, educate and encourage creativity and ingenuity. Flemings remains confident that America's traditional can-do attitude will win the day.
Jim Pinto, the well known Industrial Automation Commentator and regular Automation.com contributor, recently wrote a series of articles on innovation. Links and summaries of Jim’s articles are provided below for your reference.
- The Pursuit Of Innovation
Creativity is developing new ideas. Innovation is implementing creative ideas into valuable or profitable solutions. Innovation happens when organizations make money or gain value from creativity. Effective innovation is the timely and efficient implementation of new ideas that can result in significantly increased revenues and profits. What is your company doing to stimulate innovation?
- Organizing an Innovative Company
In the past, innovation has been viewed as a creative process that leaps from the minds of a few imaginative people. But in today's global business environment, innovation must be developed as a reliable, measurable process that yields consistent, positive results.
- Wireless: The Next Innovation Breakthrough?
As the innovation center-of-gravity shifts, the long-term economic implications are enormous. Looking back, the last major innovations in industrial automation were in the mid-'70s - the DCS and PLC. Will wireless be the next big innovation breakthrough?
- Automation Knowledge & Innovation
Products are becoming commodities in the fast-moving new global business environment. To succeed, businesses need a competitive differentiator – a proprietary edge which can only be developed through innovation, knowledge and experience.
The innovation edge is ours to lose. Complacency and disinterest on the part of public officials, businesses and our society will threaten our innovative future. May the spirit of Thomas Edison, US inventor and holder of over 1000 patents, inspire our future: creative, tireless, intelligent and competitive.
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