Ben Reinhardt

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The Endless Frontier Act

This is going to be a painfully cliched, but imagine that the American science and technology system is an engine. It’s just not performing as well as it used to. It’s making a lot of noise and when we push the accelerator it’s sluggish. This bill assumes the solution is... [Read More]

Technology Readiness Levels

What are technology readiness levels and why should you care Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are a framework for talking about the maturity of a new technology. They’re widely used at NASA and the various branches of the Department of Defense but not many other places. We should change that. [Read More]

Trusted Hierarchies and the Coronavirus Crisis

tl;dr: Trusted hierarchies are important for solving problems under constrained time and resources. Governments have historically provided large-scale trusted hierarchy but the US government has completely botched that role in the coronavirus crisis. We need to ignore the false dichotomy of “government vs decentralized coordination” and create a new temporary... [Read More]

Counterfactuals

Human ability and reach would be greater if different systems for turning imagination into reality existed. There are not only many possible new systems, but some of them are actually feasible. [Read More]
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