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Panel urges steps to boost evidence-based policy

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Science  08 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6355, pp. 959
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6355.959

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  • Evidences ignore information of unformatted or untargeted data
    • Shino Iwami, Project Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

    Jeffrey Mervis pointed out a trend in Evidence-Based Policymaking in the U. S. government (1). In carrying out the interview on smart robot in 2015 (2), I heard that it is difficult to obtain research funds unless it is a recent trendy research. Even a breakthrough usage of technology is difficult to be adopted if it is recognized as a traditional element. The oil hydraulic pressure controls the quadruped walking robot “BigDog” made by Boston Dynamics (3), and pneumatic cylinders were adopted in the manipulator to perform surgeries (4). These technologies are classic mechanical rather than modern electrical systems. Evidence-Based Policymaking would judge these technologies as the withered, and ignore them in order to invest on fashionable studies.
    Data become the past when they are recorded, and data cut down the unformatted information. In addition, Evidence-Based Policymaking eliminates the details and avoids too old data. However, future buds also exist outsides the evidences. The policy had better have a little bit of room to be decided on the basis of visions or foresight with the leader’s deep insight, instead of evidences.

    1. J. Mervis, Panel urges steps to boost evidence-based policy. Science (80-. ). 357, 959–959 (2017).
    2. Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) - Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), “Innovations of Basic Technology for Robots through Integration of Nanotechnology, Information Technology, an...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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