Associate Editor of Nano letter
ECE Department, MS-366
Prof. Jianguo Hou
Department of Physics
University of Science and Technology of China
Professor of Chemistry and of Physics
Joachim P. Spatz
Max Planck Institute for Metals Research & University of Heidelberg
Brock Family Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Nanomedicine
The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University Medical School
I thought it was illuminating to see the article about vaccuum transistors, at University of Pittsburgh, where the prof and one of the grad students were Korean, and the other grad student maybe Malay or perhaps Indonesian. (At least, going by their names.)
The good news might be, it is the institutional culture in academia and in government, let's hope anyway, that keeps the US in the groove. As long as we don't let those fundamentals change, we may be okay. If we start allowing some of these basics to change, either to more nannie-government control, or bowing to religious restrictions, or whatever else other countries like to do that we have historically shunned, that's when I think things will degrade badly.
It is impossible to know without consideration of IP law. Not only America Invents Act (harmonization of America's premier patent systems with the rest of the world). American Inventors got sold out by America's Legislative and Executive Branches. An un-Constitutional, heavily lobbied effort, succeeded, changing our Founder's First to Invent scheme to First to File, exactly what the Founders opposed. Fact, King George owned the IP of the colonists. But, with ACTA and other international treaties, it looks like copyright owners will play a role in how "innovation" proceeds. Bet yet, whether any political system can properly reward Inventors as successfully as the original Patent Act of 1790.
Agree about China becoming the next "Japan Inc." Manufacturing efficiency is where China excels and what is driving its economy. The researchers I cited above argue that its manufacturing expertise and "second generation innovation" prowess could propel the Chinese economy for several more decades.