Issue No. 04 - July/August (1999 vol. 1)
The current rates of innovation and commercialization of new scientific discoveries, new technologies, and novel services astound me. Based on my own admittedly limited observations, these rates are especially high in the US where several factors come together to make the environment conducive to the creation of new ideas and products. So, my comments and observations are largely aimed at the US scene, but I think they generalize fairly well globally.
George Cybenko, "The Intellectual Property Lottery", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 1, no. , pp. 4-5, July/August 1999, doi:10.1109/MCSE.1999.10012