Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to create your Silicon Valley?

The popular recipe for creating the “next” Silicon Valley goes something like this:
1. Build a big, beautiful, fully equipped technology park
2. Mix in R& D labs and university centers;
3. Provide incentives to attract scientists firms and users;
4. Interconnect the industry through consortia and specialized suppliers;
5. Protect intellectual property and tech transfer; and,
6. Establish a favorable business environment and regulations.

It happens all the time all over the world. And it never works.

- Alec Ross in The Industries of the Future


Saturday, December 2, 2017

On how Palestinian engineers turn suicide bombers

“Each year, 2,000 Palestinians graduate from local universities in technical subjects, but only about 30 percent of them find work in their fields. As one young woman studying at Palestine Polytechnic University put it, “We must have a better economy to have better lives, and we must have 3G to have a better economy,” her reasoning being that if there is no Internet connectivity, then the basic conditions necessary to do engineering work are not there. This produces a dangerous unintended consequence: underemployment for young engineers. Radicalization, unemployment, and engineering skills are a nasty combination. Many suicide bombers and bomb makers that Hamas has produced have come with this background. The best way for the West Bank to not end up like Gaza is through economic integration and well-being.”

- Alec Ross in The Industries of the Future

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