Washington Lawyer - December 2017 - 15
GOVERNMENT & GAVEL
service providers. The world has never been the
same since. So where does Al Gore fit in? As a
senator in the 1980s and '90s he promoted the
"information superhighway" (his term) with legislation funding an expansion of the ARPANET, an
early version of the Internet run by the Defense
Department. Gore also advocated for allowing
greater public access to the Internet.
Vaccines save millions of people from preventable
illnesses each year. But did you know that the
National Institutes of Health gave us the hepatitis A
and B vaccines, the flu shot, and the HPV vaccine?
Let's hear it for government health spending.
This tiny silicon doohickey is the basic building block
of modern technology. Where did it come from? Like
so many other inventions - weapons technology.
After World War II, the military was trying to create
a device that would target missiles more precisely.
It needed something cheap, compact, and durable,
which could do quick mathematical computations.
This spurred a period of Pentagon investment in
semiconductor technology. In 1958 Jack Kilby of
Texas Instruments invented the integrated circuit
(and in 2000 received a Nobel Prize in physics for
If you brought an umbrella to work today
because you checked the chance for rain on a
weather app, you owe your dry attire to the NSF,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, and the CIA.
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Swipe right in favor of the NSF, NASA, and
the CIA for touchscreen technology and selfie
cameras, without which we wouldn't have
smartphones today. In the 1990s, NASA was
trying to develop miniature cameras for interplanetary spacecraft. It created the image
sensors we now use in cell phones. Touchscreens were developed by researchers at
the University of Delaware with funding from
the NSF and the CIA.
The same gas turbine engines used in today's
wind farms were originally developed by the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for
use in military jets. Today, the U.S. produces 6
percent of its electrical energy through wind
power, and wind energy has created over 100,000
jobs in the United States.