This is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Lecture.
There is an ecology of interacting laws, regulations and institutions that are intended to support innovation - a traditional strength of the U.S. Unfortunately, the current elements of that ecology were designed a long time ago for the technologies that existed at that time and are not well suited to the technologies of today and tomorrow. This talk explores the nature of the problem and some possible solutions.
William Wulf is a University Professor and the AT&T Professor of Engineering in computer science at Virginia. From 1996 to 2007, he was on leave from the university to serve as president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and during 1988-90 he was an assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he led its efforts in computer and information science and engineering. Prior to these positions, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and founder and CEO of Tartan Laboratories, a computer software company. His research focused on computer architecture and computer security as well as on programming languages and optimizing compilers. In recent years he also has been deeply involved in public policy issues and in facilitating the use of information technology to support humanistic scholarship.
Note the unusual time and place.