JOANNE MYERS: Good afternoon. I'm Joanne Myers, director of Public Affairs Programs, and on behalf of the Carnegie Council I'd like to thank you all for joining us.
Our speaker is Michael Nielsen. He is not the usual foreign policy expert that you are used to hearing at the Carnegie Council, as he was originally trained as a theoretical physicist and worked on quantum computing and related topics before leaving academia to work full time as an advocate for open science. Still, what he is working on has the potential to impact all of us.
Today he will be discussing his recently published book, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, in which he examines how the online world is revolutionizing scientific discovery and why the revolution is just beginning.
While most clichés lose their force through overuse and time, the idea that the Internet is changing the world, especially the world of discovery, cannot be repeated often enough. With each new passing day, powerful new cognitive tools enabled by the Internet are greatly accelerating scientific discovery regardless of national borders.
Reinventing Discovery is about the potential to transform the way scientific discoveries are made. As Michael will soon tell us, it is now possible to connect vast numbers of researchers, and even ordinary citizens, who might have useful expertise to bring to bear on a scientific problem. This opens the way to the possibility of solving problems that would be completely intractable in the traditional mode of scientists working alone or in small groups.