In January 2004 Lemelson-MIT released results from their annual Invention Index Study, which measures Americans' attitudes towards invention. This news release highlights the study findings, methodology and background about the study. The nationally representative survey found that "the cell phone is the invention they most hate but cannot live without" -- just slightly more hated than the alarm clock. The report notes that, "While the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index found a vast majority of Americans (95%) believe inventions have improved the quality of life in the United States, their strong feelings toward cell phones illustrate both the benefits and unintended consequences of innovation." The study also surveyed Americans' views on America's competitiveness globally and where the responsibility for encouraging invention lies (industry, universities, primary schools or government). The Lemelson-MIT Program "provides the resources and inspiration to make invention and innovation more accessible to today's youth."


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