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  1. kbsalazar
    May 3, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    Quick! Alert the virtual tequila industry!

    Seriously, I agree with you. Limiting research to only those things with immediate payback is an inherently limiting approach. Down the road this could have all sorts of implications in biology, engineering, or neurochemistry (to name just a few), but we’ll never find out what they are if we stay focused on the short term view.

  2. avshalomh
    May 3, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    What could have caused this apparent change in industry where it seems that in the past there was a lot of pure research and today everything is focused for the short term? Is it the stock market that expects quarter to quarter improvements? Is it the greater ability to track investment and return?