BBC News - Governments stifle hi-tech innovation, says trade group
Government needs to do more to encourage innovation, America's first chief technology officer has been told.
The message was given to Aneesh Chopra as he visited the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
While being applauded for recognising the importance of technology to help the economy, Mr Chopra was also chided.
"When it comes to innovation there's a lot the government can do, and there's a lot they should not do," said consumer industry head Gary Shapiro.
"The government doesn't spur innovation or entrepreneurship. The government often gets in the way," said Mr Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) which stages CES.
The CEA said the faltering economy meant the importance of innovation was a growing concern among a majority of Americans.
A national study by Zogby International found that 96% believe innovation is critical to the success of the US as a world economic leader.
The weakening financial markets meant that in 2009 America was overtaken as the most competitive economy by Switzerland.
Lets see, can we think of any innovations created by the governments in the English speaking world? Hmmmmm, well only the computer, the Internt (DARPANET), Geo positioning, satellites....
Oh whats the point. Governments are the only source of real long term technology innovation ever, business just cut costs and try to make the most profit. The private sector is good at getting items to consumers at a fairly affordable price and they handle the mass volume of created goods, but the private sector is actually always lagging behind government in innovation. DARPA is probably the most advanced organisation of all times.