Future of America's Technological Leadership (Qualcomm)

The Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) is partnering with Qualcomm for 2016 and 2017 in an effort to explore and build an active strategy for retaining the pillars of American technological competitiveness. We also seek to understand the future of America’s technology industry and the relationship between the public and private sectors building it. This project will include two streams of work: a series of articles from external experts featured in nationally recognized media outlets, and several workshops and visits engaging the expansive Atlantic Council network of policymakers, academics, technologists, and more. Both streams will interact to feed into a capstone report, to be released in early 2017, aimed at informing the new Administration’s technology policy.
  • The San Francisco Bay Area: Innovation Capital of the World

    The San Francisco Bay Area was the final stop of the Strategic Foresight Initiative’s (SFI) innovation road trip, part of its Future of American Technological Leadership project. Together with Qualcomm, SFI seeks to examine the bases of American strength in technological innovation. After visiting Madison, Wisconsin, Boulder, Colorado, and Austin, Texas, SFI’s visit to the Bay Area featured two roundtables with local government officials, business entrepreneurs, tech leaders, university faculty, laboratory scientists, and venture capitalists to learn more about the region. Over the course of two days, SFI staff further met with leaders from a variety of fields to discuss trends in federal funding, the unique role of culture, the importance of increasing diversity, and how to build a workforce for the twenty-first century.

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  • Boulder, Colorado: Innovation in a Small Town and a Big State

    In mid-July, the Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) conducted a research trip to Colorado, visiting Boulder, Denver, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. The trip was part of the Future of American Technological Leadership project with Qualcomm, which seeks to investigate American innovation in the technology sector. The project will culminate in a report this winter exploring why the United States leads the world in innovation, and the challenges the country faces in maintaining this position. This was the second leg of SFI’s ‘innovation roadtrip’ to technology and innovation hubs around the US, with upcoming visits planned for Austin, Texas, and Silicon Valley later this year. The Colorado trip followeda trip in June to Madison, Wisconsin.

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  • Madison, Wisconsin: How a City Becomes an Innovation Hub

    In early June, Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) staff conducted a research trip to Madison, Wisconsin, as part of The Future of American Technological Leadership, a new project with Qualcomm to investigate American innovation in the technology sector. The Madison visit was the first leg of SFI’s ‘innovation roadtrip’ to technology and innovation hubs around the United States, which will also include Boulder, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and Silicon Valley in California.

    SFI staff and Qualcomm representatives visited Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, because the city is building a national reputation as a hub for technological innovation and entrepreneurship. They hosted two roundtables, each attended by individuals prominent in the local tech sector, and held several private meetings, all designed to understand Madison’s success as a tech hub and to identify the potential challenges which could undermine the city’s continued growth in the future.

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  • The Cybersecurity Conundrum

    A quarter-century on, as whole new layers of a burgeoning digital economy like the Internet of Things (IoT) rest on it, the Internet faces an array of challenges from the Dark Side that its inventors never quite anticipated.

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  • The Future of US Competitiveness

    The world is on the cusp of a new industrial revolution, the convergence and synergy of emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, 3D printing, sensing technology, advanced manufacturing, new materials, biotech—all built on a digital information technology platform, transforming how we work and live. The United States has been on the cutting edge of most of these technologies. But in a world of diffused power and growing competition from such emerging economies as China, can the United States sustain its competitiveness?

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  • Atlantic Council and Qualcomm Launch Multi-Year Collaboration on America’s Technological Leadership

    The Atlantic Council and Qualcomm Incorporated, a global leader in next-generation wireless technologies, announced today a collaboration for 2016 and 2017 that will examine technology policy issues and the potential geopolitical and economic consequences should America no longer lead in technological innovation. In addition, the Atlantic Council will develop a strategy for the United States to remain competitive in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and globally, for decades to come. The analysis will focus on the foundations of future technological innovation such as spectrum allocation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

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