In The Guardian: Titans of Science: David Attenborough meets Richard Dawkins: "We paired up Britain's most celebrated scientists to chat about the big issues: the unity of life, ethics, energy, Handel – and the joy of riding a snowmobile."
In Financial Times: Martin Wolf hosts an online forum on What is the Role of the State?
The problem here is that it is impossible to predict what research will be commercially useful. History is full of examples of businessmen and scientists - let alone politicians - utterly failing to anticipate commercial uses, for example:
“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable”
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.”
"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
"While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility."
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
“This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Posted by Abi. Posted at 10:46 AM