The High-Tech Challenge

There is nothing like an old idea whose time has come again. The Federal Government's agricultural Extension Service, set up in 1914, is one of the most successful programs Washington has ever developed. It helped spread new technologies and made American farms the most efficient in the world. John Zysman, 38, codirector of the University of California's Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and a guest at the meeting of TIME'S Board of Economists, believes the U.S. can use a similar service for high technology.

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