Very public efforts to improve health and prevent disease by eating right have also spurred the food and beverage industries to develop promising and innovative products that will help individuals as well as stimulate companies' sales.
From the perspective of technology breakthroughs -- and the industries and good jobs that often result from them -- the 20th century can fairly be called the American Century. But the outlook for the 21st century is far less clear.
Could a failure to integrate learning technology prove detrimental to an educational institution's long term sustainability?
Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley, with many attempting to replicate the ingenuity that they regard as America's true comparative advantage. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.
Given the disappointing U.S. economic data that also made news last week, the stars we should be paying close attention to are those who won the "Oscars of Management Thinking."
I've realized that this is one of the most profound examples of the importance of the proverbial traveler's journey.
Technological innovation has long been key to American prosperity, especially when it is applied to cutting-edge manufacturing, and the centerpiece of such innovation is engineering.
The truth is that most company leaders are too narrow in defining their competitive landscape or market space. They fail to see the potential for "non-traditional" competitors.
The improved technologies of the Second Machine Age will create enormous bounty, but shared prosperity depends on more than technology. It also depends on our willingness to reinvent our skills, organizations and policies to keep pace with accelerating technical change.
Even if we fail in games," we said, "You'll have learned skills that will enable you to succeed in something else."
If the first machine age was about the automation of manual labor and horsepower, the second machine age is about the automation of knowledge work.
We are not going to give up consumerism overnight. But there are signs that people now put a moral perspective on what they buy.
It's time to clean house within ourselves and toss out outdated, stagnant thinking.
America has a hotshot, high tech system that can deliver world class, life saving technologies for surgeries, emergencies and other medical crises. Bu...
Almost everyone agrees that the best strategy for improving Americans' health would be to prevent people from needing health care in the first place. But as these writers demonstrated in their powerful arguments, beware the easy answers.
The world is on the cusp of another technological transformation more profound than the IT revolution. Yet the United States is not prepared for potentially virulent consequences of many of the emerging technologies, nor is it well-positioned to take full advantage of the benefits.