The Knowledge Economy

Ireland“… I was very worried last week when a commentator on Vincent Browne’s programme on TV3 said that the future for Ireland was no longer in high-tech, it was in tourism. Now, of course tourism is a big income generator, but it is fickle and entirely dependent on air travel and low fuel prices. I think our future is in the development of technologies that harness the free energy of the sun, sea and air. I think our future is in the understanding of biological systems and the development of technologies that can use this knowledge for health and the production of new compounds. I think our future is in making innovative communications systems, providing computing services internationally and developing the world’s very best IT infrastructure in Ireland. 2009 is not the right time to have aspirations of mediocrity …” (more)

[Science, society, stuff …, 13 July]

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