I'd like to believe it's "Halftime in America" and the U.S. is starting to make a comeback in the game of global competition. Unfortunately, the reality feels more like sudden-death overtime--but there are concrete steps we can take to get back on track.
From Roman aqueducts to Chinese rail, enormous infrastructure has the potential to transform a society. To fix these economic doldrums, the government should partner with the private sector to solve society's problems.
The home of the future will be bedecked with smart sensors that send their data to the cloud so you can manage the house from afar--yes, we've heard this story we've before. But now Microsoft is helping build a smart city in Portugal packed with exactly these smart dwellings.
In America's rural areas, the internet barely exists as you and I know it: People can't get broadband in their house; they use dial-up modems at home; and the only place they can hope to watch a YouTube video is the local library.
The Obama administration has dedicated $7.2 billion in stimulus money to fix the problem. And today brings a rash of tools to publicize it, including the first-ever National Broadband Map, created with the help of Stamen, a 2011 Most Innovative Company, which shows just how widespread (or not) high-speed access is across the U.S.