The future of academia
Academia is stale (arguably). The comforts of life-long job security do not particularly keep us on our toes, nor are particularly conducive of sharp and lucid thinking. Academics are the dormant ones, in my view.
On the other hand those with one foot in the business world do have to keep on their toes, do need to be awake.
The dormant academics are bored. Rare are the ones who keep a genuine original curiosity. Quite rare.
Business-only ventures may also be too profit oriented to allow for the development of original unbounded thinking.
The intellectuals of today cannot live in intellectual La-La land, nor can they be chained down by ideas-per-dollar ratios.
There is a balance to be found between these two worlds. My understanding from pacing the globe dipping in and out of the two communities is that we both have much to learn from each other.
From where I stand, like or not, business-oriented research do seem to have the upper hand on the most advanced results, currently.
So the first step to bridge the two communities will come from me.