The Press: What the World Needs

Stimulated by the recent British pronouncement as to needed inventions (TIME, May 28), American technical men have come forward with their own suggestions of the most necessary innovations. Elmer A. Sperry, Lee De Forest, Frank B. Jewett and William Murray agree in substance that new, cheap sources of fuel or other forms of energy are the most urgent needs of the age. Other suggestions include: inventions to supply the fundamental necessities of food, clothing and shelter; means of world communications; a practicable method of eugenic selection.


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