Orgs - Technology and Innovation

Foresighted and foresight-oriented technology and innovation organizations around the world. 

Listed alpha by organization name. Two-line maximum description, thanks.

Technology Roadmapping

21st Century Airships

Prototypes for "stratellites" at 50,000 ft. for continuous city monitoring, border defense and broadband (Hokan Colting).
ABI Research
Technology market research for manufacturers and service companies.
Ackoff Center for the Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA at U Penn)
Dedicated to advancing Systems Thinking research worldwide (Russ Ackoff)
Advanced Design Institute
Facilitating advanced design thinking and practice.
Technology and product roadmapping software for product development and innovation.
American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
Excellent generalist coverage of the A.I. field.
American Council for Technology (ACT)
Networking industry and the government IT community in initiatives to improve government.
American Electronics Association
Nationwide non-profit trade association representing all U.S. technology industries, from software and semiconductors to electronics and telecom.
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
4,000 librarians and information professionals searching for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.
American Technology Research
Independent research on technology and growth companies.
APEC Center for Technology Foresight (CTF) (Thailand)
Improving foresight capability and leading-edge planning tools for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) nation economies and businesses.
Archimedes Project (Stanford University)
IT assistance project for the disabled, elderly, illliterate, and all users of information appliances. Linguistic user interface oriented.
Artificial Development
Building CCortex™, the largest simulation of the human cortex and peripheral neural systems to date (Marcos Guillen)
Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Leading computational linguistics/NLP society. Conversational Interface here we come! 
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Oldest and largest computer science society in the U.S.
BBN Technologies
Very creative contract innovator. One of the original developers of the internet. Today they do a lot of security innovation for the DoD and industry.
International nonprofit promoting effective use of ICT in the developing world. 
Buckminster Fuller Institute
Anticipatory design science. Sustainable technologies for Spaceship Earth.
Leading research on the bottom-up growth of P2P networks.
Center for the Development of Technological Leadership (CDTL)
Bridging the gap between engineering, strategy, and foresight for high-tech businesses (U. of Minnesota).
Center for Responsible Nanotechnology
Considering near and longer term issues and implications of nanotechnology development. 
Centro de Innovacion (Santiago, Chile)
Startup incubator and entrepreneurship educator. Strong focus on bottom of pyramid (BoP) business.
Low-cost IT networks and open source tools for community empowerment.
Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
A center of Internet security expertise. Carnegie Mellon U.
Computing Research Association
Strengthening research and advanced education in computing.
Computer Security Institute
Leading membership organization training information, computer and network security professionals. 
DARPA Grand Challenge
Autonomous vehicles competition, L.A. to Las Vegas. $1 million prize.
Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
The association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, industry associates, and international affiliates (60% of US electricity).
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
A nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research.
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Innovative development solutions for the third of the world still in poverty.
Engineers Without Borders
Linking engineering students with projects in developing countries for clean water, renewable energy, appropriate and sustainable technology.
Evolved Machines
Pioneering synthesis of 3D artificial neural circuits via programmable GPUs. For olfaction and object recognition (Paul A. Rhodes)
Factual (Beverly Hills, CA) (Gilad Elbaz)
Domain-specific computational knowledge engine, like Wolfram Alpha. Big data and semantics.  Elbaz built Applied Semantics, sold to Google, basis of AdSense.
Firefox (Mozilla)
Award-winning free open source browser. Preserving choice and innovation on the internet (Blake Ross)

Franklin Institute
Formed in 1824 to promote science, technology, and the legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Oldest and prestigious annual US awards in S&T.
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Karlsruhe, Germany)
A leading institute investigating how innovation and technical productivity shape the global future.

Global Academic Innovation Network - Litman Law
Nice directory of academic innovation and 
tech transfer groups, maintained by Litman Law, a patent law firm.
GRID Alternatives
Providing subsidized solar panels for low income communities in need, allowing them to sell their excess energy back to the grid. $600,000 annual budget, donation-based.
Human Productivity Lab (Arlington VA, and Germany)
Leaders in simplifying and explaining the rapid global advance of telepresence technology.
Amory Lovin's CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) auto body design and production group. Radical lightweighting and fuel saving. 
Leading product design consultants (Tom Kelley)
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Bipartisan, advancing a pro-innovation, pro-information technology public policy agenda (Wash, DC)
Forecasting and planning tool based on the study of invention patterns in global patent literature (Jack Hipple).
Institute of Transportation Studies (U.C. Berkeley)
Funded at $25M/yr. One of the world's leading centers for transportation research and futures.
Insititute on Biotechnology and the Human Future (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
Assessments of the scientific benefits and risks, and cultural and ethical issues of new developments in biotechnology (Nigel M. de S. Cameron)
International Association of Nanotechnology (IANANO)
Fostering global research and business collaboration in nanotech. Roadmap.
International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA)
Nonprofit exploring the economic, ethical, social, environmental and political impacts of technology (Washington, DC).
International Federation of Robotics
Annual ISR conference, maintains comprehensive list of companies in robotics.
International Informatics Institute
ICT and electronic media research, education and consulting (Jack Powers).
International Technology Education Association (ITEA)
Leading professional organization of technology teachers. Promoting technological literacy by improving the teaching of tech and the professionalism of tech teachers.
International Traffic Medicine Association (ITMA)
Working to reduce automotive fatalities worldwide. 42,000 such deaths annually in the U.S. (15th worst per million vehicles in 2004). Vast majority are due to driver behavior. 
International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
Leading society exploring genetic algorithms and early evolutionary computation. Not yet biologically-inspired or evolutionary developmental, but a worthy start. 
ITM Power
Low-cost home electrolysers. H2's very low power density makes this practical only for scooters in 2008. Electric scooters are more convenient, but because of battery replacement (short duty cycles), H2 scooters are more affordable and sustainable at present.
Giving young people the ability to make the best choices in a world where computers, telecommunications, and biotechnology change with greater and greater speed.
Nonprofit charted to do systems, IT, and operations R&D in the public interest. 5,700 scientists.
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The nation's oldest and largest broad-based industrial trade association, represents 14,000 companies in every industrial sector in every state.
Investing and strategy coverage of the emerging neurotechnology industry (Zack Lynch).
Investigational Artificial Silicon Retina (ASR) implants to help retinitis pigmentosa patients see (Alan Chow, MD).
Market analysis for the information industry. Leading analysts of the IT analysts (IDC, Gartner, Forrester, etc.).
Planetary Society
Leading nonprofit space advocacy group. "Outer space, not inner space." 
Practical Futurist
Technology futures weblog and conference keynotes (Michael Rogers). 
Probabilistic Logic Learning
Tutorial on a major new automated machine learning tool, integrating probability models with first-order logical or relational representation languages (L. De Raedt, K. Kersting)
Red Team Racing (Carnegie Mellon Robotics)
Blog for CMU's autonomous Hummer, Sandstorm.
Driverless cars, defense robotics, and military memetics research. (Robert Finkelstein)
Society for Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behavior
The U.K.'s largest A.I. society. London A.I. mailing list (U. Sussex).
Strategic Futures International
Long range forecasting, strategy, planning for industry, institutions, and govt. 
Strategy Analytics
A leading employee-owned international research and consulting firm in the information, communication, and entertainment technology industries.
Technology Foresight Center
Part of the United Kingdom's Foresight Program. Providing challenging visions of the future to ensure effective strategies now.
Technology Futures
Consulting for market and business implications of technological change, with special experience in IT (John Vanston, Austin, TX)
Leading portal for the world's tunnelling industry. Expect underground urban automated highway and parking systems by mid century. (Mike Smith)
Vulcan Power
Leading geothermal (renewable energy) developer in the Western U.S. 
20 years and 700 megawatts (MW) of successful geothermal power production.
Wolfram Alpha (Cambridge, MA) (Stephan Wolfram)
Domain-specific computational knowledge engine, like Factual. Big data and semantics. Partnered with Apple.
World Energy Council (WEC)
Leading research consortium exploring the supply and use of energy worldwide.

Technology Roadmapping
Centre for Technology Management
, Institute for Management, University of Cambridge
Top U.K. business school. Nice set of links on technology roadmapping. 
International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS)
The leading global consortium for roadmapping semiconductor devices. Fascinating reading. 
Management of Accelerated Technology Innovation (MATI), Kellogg School of Mgmt, Northwestern U. Kellogg is the #1 U.S. business school. Run by Mike Radnor, Professor.

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