Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 2006 ML350
Location: Chicago, IL
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How far can U.S. fall behind in research?
A Marconi Society conference is making headlines this week with dire statements about America falling behind in research, an increasingly common refrain in the technology world. What did not get as much attention, however, was the other half of the equation: If Yankee ingenuity isn't what it used to be, then who is taking the lead?
Shrinking federal budgets are not the only reason that R&D is losing ground. Just as important is the rising brain power in such emerging tech powerhouses as China and India. After years of toiling primarily in manufacturing and service economies, those countries are now seeing their first wave of college engineering graduates who are having a profound effect on research.
In addition, opponents of offshore outsourcing say the practice has made matters only worse for the United States because it has allowed other countries to outgrow their subordinate relationships with U.S. companies and branch out on their own as competitors.
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