Embracing Technology and Change

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People react in different ways to radical change. Once you have a life, once it's comfortable, once it's established and then somebody shows up with new machine that wipes of the industry in your town. You're working for a newspaper and all of a sudden there are no newspapers some people are thrilled with the that they have their things and some people are really angry that what they did with their parents did what their grandparents did has been wiped out.

Part of what's happening these days is the pace of change is so aggressive it's so fast that there is a whole lot of people saying stop the bus I want to get off or I don't understand this plus or not competitive response, and that's not a new phenomenon, that's happened throughout history.

And that's part of the reason that we have so many technological museums and ruins, because those societies that don't adapt and adopt those societies that try and say I'm going to ignore science, I'm going to ignore this changes, tend to end up in the dust heaps of history. Why do countries appear and disappear? The ones that do last are the ones that do learn, the ones that adapt, the ones that adopt, and one will understand this ways of technological change and apply them in an intelligent fashion.

And that sometimes means that you're religious strictures have to change, I think somebody invented a telescope that sometimes means that your ethical boundaries get really stretched, among those things because we've decouple sex from time, for your grandparents, you had a baby nine months later, and today you can freeze a sperm, you can freeze an egg, you can freeze a fertilized egg, you can have a bit of in turn months, two years, 10 years, maybe 50 years.

The stuffs that our children, and grandchildren are going to be asking, the choices that they are going to have, in terms of longevity, in terms of their body, in terms of reproduction, are things that we can't even begin to imagine, and I think if you look at the lunacy of what we're doing with deficits, and just selling our children, and their future.

I think if you look at some of the anti-intellectual, anti-science moves in some of the states, I think if you look at just the polarisation where it's considered illegitimate to even have a meal with somebody from, whose from the other side, all of those are trends that are so completely anti-american in terms of what makes this country great, but at the other hand in parallel to these trends you have an explosion of entrepreneurship, you have explosion in research, the US is by far the leading producer of new companies, of venture capital, of scientific discoveries these are a whole series of things particularly in life sciences where about 50% of the information generally about life sciences is generated in consentia, that if we don't take that advantage, if we don't put this into schools, if we don't preserve and protect and foment this stuff, we're going to lose an enormous advantage that the country has, to generate jobs, to grow the place people don't just understand often how important entrepreneurship, that ability to take that basic discovery and tie it into entrepreneurs is a really difficult thing to do.

Now when you get it right it doubles, and doubles, and doubles the wealth and jobs because this is where the Joe Parker's come from, this is where the Microsoft comes in, this is where the eBays come form the Youtubes, the Google's the Groupon's and when you think how quickly a couple of kids with t shirts and their finds generate companies that are the size of the economy of a small country, it's really extraordinary, and counties that get that right have a real shot at growing quickly and getting through real estate crisis and not driving itself to bankruptcy.