The question is what attitudes are currently around the world regarding those important forces shaping the modern world. Especially in regions not so much known in the past for their contributions to technology, science etcetera. As example : What inventions where lately (say last 2 decades) made in Arabic countries, and how where they received? Are there any national leaders or groups enthusiastically supporting, say, African innovations, or Indian science breakthroughs? Or, on the contrary, are there other forces, resisting all such because of religious or other arguments? What about those people that gained wealth because of oil, gas or other natural ressources. Such ressources would for the most part have been of little economic value before the industrial/machine age. I have not heard much about say, arabian or iranian oil - magnates doing much for science and technology, neither of Russian "oligarcs".