Patents on software and business methods are harming innovation rather than helping it. The first-mover advantage is enough to motivate people to innovate in these areas and event to raise capital, but often innovation is blocked because of patents of dubious value and novelty. Patent "trolls" can easily abuse the legal system to demand payments for ridiculous patents. Congress could easily resolve the problem by declaring that neither software nor business methods are eligible to be patented.
end oil, coal and nuclear dependence, and sending money to undemocratic governments; run a new safer faster totally quiet super efficient electric transportation, space launch and retrieval system and world wide smart electrical grid. this saves consumers in the USA $2 billion a day on gasoline alone, not counting maintenance and insurance. the sooner we switch over, the soon we start saving
Let's force Ford, GM, GE, Google,Amtrak, Skytran, DARPA, MIT, the NHSTB to come together to plan the vehicle of the future because it isn't a car, smartcar, train, skycab or bus... It is probably a combination of all of these...I clearly see an electric vehicle that can mount an automated interstate rail, get off and drive like an ordinary electric car ...All will need to contribute for it to succeed...The alternative is one buys the rest...Never to early for Alan Mullaly to plan ahead-Mitch C
Maglev-Smart-Grid or Magrid, it’s financing and implementation viability, is based on a thrice successful business model that is self-funding and requires only simple protocols and resolutions to implement, creating unlimited jobs near instantaneously. It is environmentally sound thru both its energy savings and low maintenance.
As we build/repair urban & suburban roads, rail, cables, pipes & related utility equipment, locate them in underground passageways. This will reduce the cost of repairs from bad weather, natural disasters, accidents, & construction mistakes. As well as the cost/impact of these on the community & businesses. Do it correctly & we could limit tearing up streets all the time & requiring excessive easements/rights of way on property borders. And improve the scenery.
This is more for local governments although more rigorous participation from FCC will not hurt: Make it easy for prospective ISPs to build high speed Internet infrastructure buy streamlining the permitting process as well as make public right-of-way use to lay cables as well as pole attachments more affordable. At the same time make it illegal for current large providers to play "I don't play on your turf, you don't play on mine". Promote competition among ISPs.
Reform patent laws! There should be a simple public repository for anyone to search, patents should only be enforceable when they are in the process of being developed on (no holding patents that aren't being worked on), and make clearer guidelines on what counts as a patent (i.e., a new technology not a design idea like Apple patenting the shape and button placement of their phones).
During the 1960s we went to the Moon largely because of idealism and because Russia would have made use of the Moon to try to take over this planet. We need to go back to the moon before 2020 so that those countries who are not at all thrilled with us see the Moon as a safe heaven. We would also start colony there that is free for all to visit and eventually live. The restoration of the original Constellation program to take us there and to then to Mars and of course the Asteroids.