Consider just a few of the revolutionary developments that need thorough exploration: § 3D printing may revolutionize logistics and save an amazing amount of money in the Defense Department. It may also revolutionize our capacity to go into space by allowing manufacturing on asteroids and the Moon with minimum weight requirements. 3D printing may also return manufacturing to the United States by eliminating the advantages of low cost mass produced production runs. This short video from PBS is a good overview of the technology. § § The impact of regenerative medicine will be extraordinary. We are on the edge of being able to take your cells and grow the organs you need (and with 3D printing, using live cells to actually print out organs). Kidney dialysis may be replaced with new kidneys. Current disabilities may shrink dramatically so we can grow capabilities. § § Brain research will produce even greater savings in lives, quality of life, and cost. Brain research will affect autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and mental health. No single area will do more to improve the quality of life and reduce the cost of government than brain research. § § The potential of drones and robots is close to science fiction. Drones carrying freight may lower dramatically the cost of shipping. Drones over dangerous neighborhoods may increase public safety. Next generation drones may replace the entire F-35 project (today the most expensive acquisition program in the Defense Department). § § The new generation of entrepreneurs moving into space travel will reignite the excitement of the endless frontier of space. Already there are tourist runs to the space station and plans for suborbital space flights. Billionaires have jumped into the space race and may make a bigger contribution to manned space than NASA in the next decade. § § The Google driver-less car could change everything about insurance, trauma centers, drunk drivers and elderly citizens or visually impaired citizens retaining mobility. The driver-less car will represent trillions of dollars in savings when it is perfected sometime in this decade. § § Finally, the Kahn Academy and the massively open online course system could profoundly transform learning for all ages. We are on the edge of an era of decentralized online learning combined with mentors and apprenticeships which will transform virtually everything we currently assume about education. The improvements in outcomes and the decline in costs will be breathtaking. Everything I just outlined in these 7 paragraphs is real and occurring around us right now. The prisoners of the past who dominate Washington continue to focus on and fight about the trivia of the past and the dead ends of the present. With your help I believe we can refocus the system on the opportunities of the future — and of the present, if we are willing to embrace them. As President Lincoln said: “As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Now we have to follow his advice. http://www.humanevents.com/2013/03/06/gingrich-pioneers-of-the-future-and-prisoners-of-the-past/ GG PS Thought some people might find this interesting.