The American Government plays a huge hand in determining the fate of technological development in this country. The American Government supports the development of technologies through allotment of funds to research and development or to education directly. But on what basis do individuals within our government and congressional committees base their decisions? The majority of government leadership does not have a background in science or technology, but rather in law. How does this affect the nature of technological advance in this country?
After reading the module notes and all supplemental materials, discuss and support your opinions about the governance of technology, using the following questions as a guide:
Very few elected officials in America have professional training in science or technology. Does this inhibit the effective governance of science and technology?
Do you think that the American government would be substantially different if most senators and congresspersons previously worked and scientists or engineers instead of lawyers, as is the case today?
Should it be a requirement to serve on science and technology committees?
Find an example of a piece of legislation or political movement that was wrongly founded on the misunderstanding of basic science and technology. Give a brief background. Should this movement/bill been supported or unsupported?
How will this continue to affect our country’s rank in science and technological development in the future, should this model of governance continue?
Support your position using appropriate sources that are properly cited.