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Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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Completely switch the US to the metric system by 2019

The United States is the only country that has not switched to the metric system other than Burma and Liberia [1]. The cost of not switching to the metric system is quickly increasing with the trend towards globalization. There are very strong economic and scientific reasons to switch the US to the metric system. In fact failing to switch could result in the US losing its competitive edge in science and technology, ...more »

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Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Passport - Department of State- allow electgronic verification of birth records

I just applied for a passport for my son who was born in California and provided the birth certificate provided by the county he was born in. DOS wrote back that I needed to get "long form birth certificate" from the state. This is a 14 week process. Why can't secure technology be used by individual states to DOS (and other agencies)? I have no problem paying the same $14.00, but in this day and age requiring a "raised ...more »

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Staple a green card to every advanced degree awarded in the US

The US has made a *huge* investment in my education: I have both a Master's and most of a PhD from good US institutions, and neither has cost me a cent due to receiving fellowships and working as a research assistant. The US has therefore invested something like a quarter of a million dollars in me, only to send me home after my degree (because the F1 student visa is of "nonimmigrant intent"). After paying for me to ...more »

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Rewire the US communications system

Use stimulus money to rewire the US for 'the Grid' (the new internet created by CERN) to upgrade our communication and commerce network and, again, create jobs. It is over 10,000 times faster than the web and eliminates many of the limitations of e-commerce today. Low-overhead, grassroots commerce is a bright future for business and consumers.

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Syndicate government information

The administration should syndicate government information for the public. Personalized, customized, or syndicated Web content extends government information’s reach, usability, and timeliness. Web managers should encourage creative reuse and customized tracking of government data through systems such as application programming interfaces, RSS or Atom feeds, syndicated search results, e-mail notifications, and similar ...more »

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Nuclear rockets

Back in the 1960s NASA experimented with the idea rocket engines powered by a nuclear reactor. The original prototype was crude and would have emitted radioactive material into the air, but the basic idea was sound -- using the energy of nuclear fission to heat your propellant instead of using chemical combustion. The original prototype was based on a conventional reactor with a core of plutonium. Such solid-core reactors ...more »

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Strategic Planning and Budgeting

More technology in high schools

I think the federal government needs to spend more on technology in the classroom. Technology is THE way not just to a greener future (less paper waste) but efficiency and real accountability. On another note, I think google can help the government and the education sector much more effectively than microsoft has been able to with their Outlook Exchange servers.

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Establish the Federal Web Technology Managers Council

Patterned on the CIO Council and the Web Content Managers Council, this new organization would address all aspects of the technology and infrastructure requirements that will be necessary for federal agencies to plan, acquire, develop and implement the platforms and software systems required for the fully articulated Open Government Initiative. Members would be representatives of their agency's CIO/CTO and Web Infrastructure ...more »

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Military Technology - the Special K Experiment

A drug known on the streets as Special K (Ketamine) is said by its users to produce out-of-body experiences. While these are most likely just hallucinations it wouldn't be hard to test. Just ask some soldiers to volunteer for a test. Give them the drug and if they report an out-of-boy experience have them say what they saw on a computer screen facing away from them. If by some weird chance people really could throw ...more »

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