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DAVID WILLETTS

Thought Leader: Great technologies

DAVID WILLETTS
Thought Leader: Great technologies

Big Innovation Centre THOUGHT LEADER: GREAT TECHNOLOGIES

British MP and previous Science Minister behind UK’s eight great technologies

For the Scale-Up Party on March 10th 2015, David Willetts' thought leadership reflexion:

 On great technologies, boldness and markets for the future

"... the biggest barrier was an intellectual barrier. It was the crippling fear of so-called ‘picking winners’. When you looked around the world, in most crucial areas of technological advance government has to take a view – because resources are limited and you can’t support everything, because you have to shape regulations that will help create markets for the future.

The thinking behind the ‘8 great technologies’ was that there were clearly some big technologies which we are good at in Britain and which had a global market opportunity and we should seize them and not be crippled by anxiety that some of them weren’t going to work out in exactly the way we expected."

 

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