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The passion factor by Jorge Urrea Filgueira, Silvia Leal

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Innovation Radars

1. The Geo-Innovation Radar

The figures are devastating. The US owes more than 50 per cent of the growth experienced by its companies during the latest decades to innovation generated by new technologies. These are the data supplied by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), and they send a very clear message: new technologies are no passing fad. Quite the contrary: they have played an essential part in positioning the country as the leading world power of our times.

The figures for the US are not an isolated case. Thanks to new technologies, European Union countries achieved a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth of 25 per cent and a productivity increase of 55.6 per cent between 1995 and the beginning ...

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