There is a great article on the BBC about our government’s anti-science policies and the possible future implications of those policies – quoting Vint Cerf as saying “that’s a recipe for irrelevance and decline.”
This goes hand in hand with our failing educational policies – leading to the number of people that graduate with engineering and science degrees in this country to be totally out of whack compared to upcoming Asian countries like China and India (here from Business Week). Inventor Dean Kamen has been trying to do something about this for years through his non-profit First!
In the mean time, and according to the NYT (needs subscription), we will be spending over 1 trillion dollars on our wars (already we have spent $258B)…that is more than $11K per family!
Does this make sense? Don’t we have certain obligations to the next generations?
…what should I tell him?