This is the most important tech contest since the space race, and America is losing.
After the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957, we saw how federal investment in U.S. private industry and academic research allowed the United States to catch up, win the space race and hold decades of military and technology dominance. There is no doubt: America emerged victorious from the Cold War because of its investments in science and technology.
Originally published: May 11, 2018
Author: C. L. Max Nikias
Institution: University of Southern California
Published by: The Washington Post