Release Date: August 31, 2007 | Last Updated Date: February 24, 2015
Release date: August, 2007
It is not easy for society to create effective science and technology policy. Doing so requires an understanding of complex processes and potentials, as well as realizing the risk of acting and the risk of not acting; it raises a host of related questions about resource allocation, ethical issues, and long-term strategies. The debates over greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation; the importance of educational infrastructures for science and math; and the challenge of effectively managing an ever more sophisticated (and expensive) healthcare system are critical issues with significant long-term consequences. There are no quick fixes or single solutions for important and complex issues such as these, and, consequently they are difficult to address.