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Bringing Commuting to People: The Broadening Challenge Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131517D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Document File: 11 page(s) / 43K

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Lewis M. Branscomb: AUTHOR [+3]


The information industry has a potential for growth that could boost the productivity of the entire US economy. Five steps toward realizing that goal are proposed here.

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Bringing Commuting to People: The Broadening Challenge

Lewis M. Branscomb,


The information industry has a potential for growth that could boost the productivity of the entire US economy. Five steps toward realizing that goal are proposed here.

Adapted:frsnn a keynote address presented February 23, 1982, at Compcon Spring 82 in San Francisco, California,

In comparison with other industrial sectors, the US information industry has been extraordinarily successful, and our opportunities have never been brighter. Yet, we are beset with challenges concerning technology, competition, and resources of capital, people, and knowledge. Although the computer industry, overall, is doing rather wed in an economy that's in trouble, the semiconductor industry, unfortunately, is more of a participant in that trouble, and both areas are facing strong and growing competition from around the world -- the most impressive coming from the Japanese and what they are doing with collaborators in the US and Europe.

Our country is engaged in a debate over economic policy -- especially, whether to continue deliberately seeking tocontrol inflation by slowing down economic growth rather than by measures designed to increase productivi~j~i~ty. That debate bears directly on the concerns of our in: dustry. For the US clearly has a serious productivity prob~n, and the information industry is right out front in a position to help with that problem.

The long-term question is: If the information industry is really going to be the lever on our national productivity, what does the United States have to do to make that possible? The problem is primarily one of human resources, but from a technology point of view, the two key issues are microelectronics capability and the software and enduser interface. Technology leadership in the information industry depends critically on both.


The challenge.

Leadership in microelectronics is both a strategic asset to industrialized countries and essential to a leading position in information technology. One cannot compete in the broad range of computer products without access to large-scale integrated circuits, nor can VLSI chips be fabricated without computer-based automated design, manufacturing, and test systems.

Gleams in the sciendst's eye as recently as 30 years ago, last year the US data processing industries produced some S60 billion of revenue and achieved a record $7 billion trade surplus. Industry analysts see overall US sales of computers, peripheral equipment, and software continu