U.S. Technology--Decline or Rebirth?

by Bruno Augenstein


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Suggestions of specific technologies that should be exploited, both for the public good and to end the current lack of progress in the nation's manufacturing and service industries. They include the development of (1) low-cost, remote terminals to interface between man and machine, particularly for education and health care, (2) computer software that can be used by the general public, (3) remote, automated testing and diagnosis, e.g., of appliances, (4) minicomputers, particularly for home use, (5) automated, low-level reading and identification of objects, and (6) robot devices to sense and communicate information in situations that would be tedious or dangerous for humans. Traditional government roles may not be adequate to foster the necessary R&D in the private sector. The government should itself sponsor the basic development and application of those technologies to the point where private industry could take over. 16 pp. (CD)

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