January 12, 2006


Europe’s record on innovation ‘50 years behind US’ (Tobias Buck, January 12 2006, Financial Times)

The European Union’s record on innovation is so poor that it would take more than 50 years to catch up with the US, according to a survey presented by the European Commission on Thursday.

Folks on respirators aren't famous for winning races.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 3:12 PM

50 years...that's, what, two generations? So basically, the European Commission thinks thinks they'll have to replace every working person on the continent before than can catch the USA.

As noted, the only question then is, "what replacements?".

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 12, 2006 3:47 PM

The Cube was built to last only one generation.

Posted by: Luciferous at January 12, 2006 3:50 PM

First they have to get up to the same speed as the USA. Then they have to surpass that speed in order to catch up. And that assumes that the USA isn't going to accelerate in the meantime.

Bon chance, mes amis!

Posted by: Mikey at January 12, 2006 4:02 PM

It's a sucker's game to try to catch the US at this point. Within a decade or so we'll have fighter planes that can pull 10+ G turns since they won't have a pilot on board, soldiers so protected by body armor that they'll be invincible (and plugged in so that they'll be aware of everything going on in the theatre), and frickin' lasers. In terms of technology, we might as well be space aliens compared to the rest of the world.

Posted by: b at January 12, 2006 5:19 PM



No one gets us after 230 years.

Posted by: fa@hotmail.com at January 12, 2006 5:57 PM

Mikey and b are very much on point with their projections.

Hi-tech warfare is a benefit to all mankind for making war less likely and for allowing force to be more focused, thus diminishing collateral damage.

However, I would ask that we keep in mind that is will still be necessary to neutralize 20th Century military technology, i.e. nuclear weapons, with its 20th Century counter-measures, namely massive, countervalue retaliation.

Nuclear terror must be checked as it always was, by superior terror. Of course "Star Wars" defensive capabilities will do a lot, as will technologies undreamed of. In the end, though, our best shelter is fear.

Must I spell it out? The price for allowing one's territory or citizens to be used to for nuclear terror and the price for engaging American naval and aviation assets with nuclear waepons must be annihilation.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 12, 2006 9:34 PM