By Dani Rodrik – We seem to be living in an accelerated age of revolutionary technological breakthroughs. Barely a day passes without the announcement of some major new development in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, digitization, or automation.
The debate is about whether these innovations will remain bottled up in a few tech-intensive sectors that employ the highest-skilled professionals and account for a relatively small share of GDP, or spread to the bulk of the economy.
The consequences of any innovation for productivity, employment, and equity ultimately depend on how quickly it diffuses through labor and product markets.
The economic historian Robert Gordon argues that today’s innovations pale in contrast to past technological revolutions in terms of their likely economy-wide impact.
Electricity, the automobile, airplane, air conditioning, and household appliances altered the way that ordinary people live in fundamental ways. They made inroads in every sector of the economy.
Perhaps the digital revolution, impressive as it has been, will not reach as far.
On the supply side, the key question is whether the innovating sector has access to the capital and skills it needs to expand rapidly and continuously.
In a world of premature deindustrialization, achieving economy-wide productivity growth becomes that much harder for low-income countries. It is not clear whether there are effective substitutes for industrialization. more> https://goo.gl/XAB6Ti
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Roadmap for Advanced Cell Manufacturing Shows Path to Cell-Based Therapeutics
By John Toon – An industry-driven consortium has developed a national roadmap designed to chart the path to large-scale manufacturing of cell-based therapeutics for use in a broad range of illnesses including cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases, blood and vision disorders and organ regeneration and repair.
Over the past decade, new and emerging cell-based medical technologies have been developed to manage and possibly cure many conditions and diseases. In 2012 alone, these technologies treated more than 160,000 patients. Before these treatments can be more widely available, however, the cell therapeutics community will have to develop the capability for advanced, large-scale manufacturing of high-quality and consistent living cells.
To advance that goal, the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have launched the National Cell Manufacturing Consortium (NCMC), an industry-academic-government partnership that recently released the National Roadmap for Advanced Cell Manufacturing. Establishment of the consortium and development of this 10-year national roadmap was sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The roadmap was announced June 13 at the White House Organ Summit. more> http://goo.gl/bjvzQr
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1001 Ways to Energize Employees, Author: Bob Nelson.
By Howard Risher – This is not an issue that can be delegated to the human resources office or to consultants. Neither has much influence on how managers at any level do their jobs. They can write the script but the message has to come from an organization’s leaders.
With the caveat that every organization is different, students of leadership have highlighted several things that leaders emphasize in organizations with high levels of engagement.
One that should be automatic in government is making certain employees understand and agree with the purpose of the organization.
People want to work for successful organizations. Agencies could do a far better job of keeping employees aware of progress. The corollary is that leaders articulate and frequently repeat goals and expectations. From advertising we know people need to hear things a number of times before they “buy” it. more> http://goo.gl/Rd1pei
The Lazarus Project: How Software Brought To Life A Decommissioned Power Plant In Italy’s Industrial Heart
By Tomas Kellner – Outside the industrial city of Turin, the combination of renewable energy, traditional generation and a high-voltage cable from France has created more power supply than the region can absorb.
So much so, in fact, the glut took at least one decades-old power plant out of commission in 2013.
“If you are losing money, you don’t want to invest more if you have no clue whether you are ever going to get it back,” says Mario Cincotta, general manager of multi-year agreements for GE’s Power Services business in Europe.
But Cincotta’s business came back with a solution. He and his team analyzed the local energy segment, upgraded the plant’s natural gas turbine with new technology and software and figured out how to start and stop it 2.5 times faster. The speed is critical to helping the plant ramp up when the wind stops blowing and the grid needs power.
Cincotta says the project started as a data mining exercise.
They first installed a new type of combustor on GE’s 9FA gas turbines powering the plant that improved the turbine’s response times and also allowed it to operate within the emissions envelope set by Italian regulators.
“The technology turned an airplane into a space shuttle, but now we needed the data and software to drive it,” Cincotta says. “Without them, the power plant would be just a fancy toy.” more> http://goo.gl/lV3OXX
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