Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

In this article University of Waterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur argues that in order to support the commercialization of university research, "we need to bring everyone to the same table through a formalized program... to move insights and inventions more effectively into our economy and society through the mobilization of talent, research and startups on and off campus." I get that commercialization pays the bills, but my problem with this is that if 'everyone is at the same table' at the start of the process, the only output will be commercialization. I'm not a fan of having companies peering over my shoulder pushing my work into a direction that will be more profitable for them, especially when this comes at the expense of the greater good, as it so often does.

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