Convergent Technologies and Human Resources

There already is a crisis of inadequate qualified human resources to manage the future opportunities that may lay before us. Already we confront low math and science test scores in our students. Most of the doctoral students in the technical sciences are from abroad. We have close to one million hightech jobs a year that go begging. Immigration policy cannot keep pace with attracting the number of skilled knowledge workers our economy needs to grow — and this is only the beginning of the talent wars. Clearly, the emergence of radical innovations in science, such as the convergent technology paradigm described here, will accelerate the nation's need for deep science and technical human resources.

How are we as a nation to compete in the super-charged high-tech global economy of the future if we do not have the skilled human resources? Consider the stakeholders of this crisis and what we must do today to rectify this problem before it becomes the nation's Waterloo. Too long has this message been ignored or simply not addressed with the resources required to make a difference for institutions, the private sector, and individuals.

In our modern era we have seen large transformations in nations due to the globalization of trade, emergence of communications technologies, and the expansion of offshore manufacturing. Increasingly, the emergence of new technology is emerging as the key driver of change where once the train, the telephone, and before that the steamship, drove economic opportunity.

Given the prospects of advanced NBIC technologies, efforts towards large-systems-managed change represent a daunting task for policymakers across all sectors of society. In some ways, the social policymaking process has lagged behind scientific and technological progress. It is time that the social policymaking process catches up and reaches further to explore the technological vectors that will shape our nation's economic future.

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