PITAC Report Calls for Major Increase in R&D Funding; President Clinton SupportsConcluding that federal support for information technology research and development is "dangerously inadequate", the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) released its "Interim Report to the President" earlier this month. The goal of the PITAC report is to set priorities and initial parameters needed to guide the nation's research and development of information technology into the next century.
The PITAC report states that the federal government should invest more in "long-term, high-risk research" programs, and says that short-term, applied-research approaches have superceded the fundamental research strategies that led to the major breakthroughs resulting in our current information technology boom. The PITAC report recommends:
The PITAC report also calls for the creation of two types of information technology centers. "Enabling Technology Centers" would create and apply new information technologies with the goal of solving particular problems that are important to the country. "Expeditions into the 21st Century" would be more visionary, comprised of multiple teams of researchers focusing on future information technologies and their impact on society by "living in the future".
President Clinton in a recent commencement address at MIT put some flesh on the PITAC recommendations, stating that he intends to push for a major increase in IT R&D funding.
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