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24 April 2013
18 January 2013
His final blog in the series on data, Andrew takes a look at the concerns of policy makers regarding data and the recommendation he would give them.
17 January 2013
Andrew thinks of ways to create a exclusive market for data, and what would have to be in place for it to be successful.
16 January 2013
In his third blog this week, Andrew looks at ways in which data could be used by businesses to deliver strong economic growth.
15 January 2013
In the second instalment of a blog series on data, Andrew explains what our current conception of data is and what it could achieve in years to come.
14 January 2013
The first in a series of 5 blogs, Andrew looks at how the effective use of data could transform our economy.
Dr Katy Mason, Reader in Marketing, Lancaster University Management School
04 December 2012
There has been plenty of talk in the media this week about self-driving cars, and whether they will ever become part of our everyday lives. In a recent poll, the IAM reported that 65% of the public are sceptical about driverless technologies. This raises tough questions about how we make new markets for such products.
23 November 2012
David Willetts today (23 Nov) launched an update of the government’s “technology foresight” exercise, which aims to identify the key technologies that will drive economic growth in the 2020s. The paper makes exciting reading for futurologists, covering 53 technologies from tissue engineering to nuclear fusion, and it gives government something to think about. This type of exercise – one which looks ahead at future sources of economic growth – is welcome, and is something governments should take seriously.
15 November 2012
Some of the UK’s economic commentators have become afflicted by a very strange idea recently: that consumer spending is going to rescue the UK economy.
23 October 2012
Bruce Sterling, Science Fiction author and technology commentator, posted a very interesting response to our 3D printing research on his Wired.com blog last week. It’s fair to say he doesn’t agree with many of our recommendations – in fact, he basically rejects the idea that there is any need for any government policy on 3D printing. Whilst a lot of what he says is useful, we think he has misunderstood the vital and pressing need for policy engagement with this innovative new technology.
16 October 2012
Allister Heath, editor of City AM, discussed our report on 3D printing in his letter this morning. He labels 3D printing – along with self-driving cars – as the “big ideas to watch over the next decade”. We’d probably argue there are other, equally important technologies with the potential to transform the economy (and probably others we haven’t heard of yet), but it is always encouraging when the media pays some attention to the things that will get our economy growing in the long-term.
03 October 2012
In an era of seemingly un-ending economic crisis, it has become fashionable to suggest that the West’s stagnation is not just a blip but a permanent phenomenon. The idea, captured most prominently in Tyler Cowen’s “Great Stagnation”, is that we’ve run out of useful new ideas and technologies, and so have nothing left with which to make the economy grow.
24 July 2012
Design is a definite strength of the UK economy. A wide variety of businesses and industries use design in order to create new products, improve existing ones, and to make their business processes more efficient. Today the Intellectual Property Office is publishing our research on UK design as a global industry, which sets out the contribution design makes to UK exports, and offers recommendations as to how this important activity can be best supported by intellectual property (IP) policy.
11 July 2012
The shifting patterns of what things consumers want to buy, and the extent to which UK producers can meet that demand, determine how much the UK economy benefits from greater consumer spending. Today we are publishing research on this subject, highlighting several worrying trends in the UK’s ability to satisfy consumer demand.
13 June 2012
Design is extremely important to innovation, often acting as the key link between a piece of technology and the user. We were recently commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office to look at the international aspects of the UK design industry, and assess what support policy can offer the industry. The results are being given their first airing at an event at the Big Innovation Centre this evening.