Linked by KLU9 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 19:47 UTC
Editorial Ethnologist Tricia Wang, via TechRice, writes on The Future of Computing in China. Touching upon such issues as culture, cloud vs super computing, and Silicon Valley vs Massachussetts's Route 128, she builds a case that, despite great strides and individual successes and brilliance, China's computing future will move in a different (perhaps slower) direction compared to the West
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Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Tue 20th Dec 2011 14:20 UTC
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This idea that only innovation matters and everything else is worthless is just so wrong. Innovation has become the buzzword of the decade.

The problem here is this western centric thinking. In the west you have no choice but to innovate. In Asia we still have lots of other options so innovation isn't a big priority. It's economics, basically.

In Asia we have lots and lots of cheap labour but capital is expensive and hard to come by. So if you have money in Asia you can easily earn more money by just following the safe route of setting up a factory, small store or some other tried and tested method. In the west labour is expensive while capital is cheap. So you have lots of money that you can gamble on new inventions. If you succeed people praise you as innovative. If you fail no one hears about you.

When China or any other Asian country becomes rich innovation comes naturally. All the safe methods of employing capital no longer provide the return that they used to so people start innovating. So that is why the West innovates and the East produces.

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by Alfman on Tue 20th Dec 2011 18:10 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
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I found the article way too long to hold my interest, but I do think your comment hit upon some differences.

In a business class we went over cultural differences and one of them was that eastern cultures value collective merit or success whereas western cultures emphasise individual merit or success. Although I suspect western thinking is contaminating the eastern thinking these days.

Maybe you could give some insight into some of these differences from your perspective?

In the US, all too often a few industry celebrities take the credit for the work everyone else has done, and the US media is all too happy to give it to them.

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