Energy Secretary Steve Chu Speaks On Funding Science Research

Posted on November 11, 2009  Comments (2)

Energy Secretary Steve Chu (and Nobel Laureate) speaks with Google CEO Eric Schmidt about science research. One of the things Steve Chu is doing is funding high risk experiments that have great potential. This is something that is often said should be done but then people resort to safe investments in research. Taking these risks is a very good idea.

This is another example the remarkable way Google operates. The CEO actually understands science and the public good. Google also provides a huge amount of great material online in the form of webcasts of those speaking at Google. Google behaves like a company run by engineers. Other companies have engineers in positions of power but behave like companies run by any MBAs (whether they are lawyers, accountants, marketers or engineers).

Related: President’s Council of Advisors on Science and TechnologyScientists and Engineers in CongressEric Schmidt on Google, Education and EconomicsLarry Page on How to Change the WorldDiplomacy and Science ResearchGoogle Investing Huge Sums in Renewable Energy and is Hiring

2 Responses to “Energy Secretary Steve Chu Speaks On Funding Science Research”

  1. Ken
    November 30th, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    This new ARPA-E program is a welcome relief from the previous administration’s commitment to research and development. The 1% success rate is a little disturbing, but in my opinion it is a much needed boost to the US research and development even if it starts out small. Innovation through R&D funding is what has made this country so great technologically; however, we have been lacking in funding for several decades and there is only so long that we can last on the innovations of our fathers and grandfathers.

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    July 25th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

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