Institute for Progress

That is a new institution founded by Alec Stapp and Caleb Watney, here is the opening of their manifesto:

We’re excited to announce that today we are launching the Institute for Progress, a new think tank in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to accelerate scientific, technological, and industrial progress while safeguarding humanity’s future.

Despite exhortations that the future is sprinting towards us at an ever-increasing pace, productivity growth has been in long-term decline since the 1970s. This is supposed to be the age of ambitious at the infrastructure investments in the battle to fight climate change, but we can’t even build new solar plants without being vetoed by conservation groups. Hyperloops and supersonic airplanes promise to revolutionize transportation, but building a simple subway extension in NYC costs up to 15 times more per kilometer than it does in other cities around the world.

There is much more at the link, substantive throughout.  Science policy, high-skilled immigration, and pandemic preparation will be some of their major issues.  Recommended!  And supported by Emergent Ventures.


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