Slowy wrote:A logical starting point. The days of China the Innovator are close at hand. I predict much squealing and talk of immoral behaviour.
Look forward to it.
A Chinese friend said to me that he finds it an odd dichotomy that the Chinese can copy anything in the world and do a very convincing copy - but they can't innovate or invent something. They have the skills - but not the foresight.
We then discussed that perhaps there is so much money to be made in copying something that it grossly outweighs the R & D budgets for building things.
Do I get points for using dichotomy?
That's very interesting to hear.
From a software perspective, and from the experience I've had with outsourcing, insourcing and actually working with developers and people from these countries, I've always said that to be honest we (US/European/NZ/Oz etc.) have had nothing to fear from Indian software developers since beyond being able to do pretty much whatever you tell them (in great detail) to do they generally cannot develop from scratch or to a complex brief.
However the developers I know with Chinese backgrounds have been very good developers, my only minor criticism would have been that they were far too aggressive in their objective to rise through the ranks and get out of programming and into management.
But it's an interesting perspective that they can't or won't innovate and R&D themselves. I wonder whether they're just too good at doing to be able to implement, or whether from a business perspective, where innovation or entrepreneurialism is born theres just too strong a business in copying or manufacturing to order?
What I found interesting recently was when buying some decent banana plugs for my AV setup I decided on some Nakamichi ones as the best, I then found the exact same ones from china at a competitive price. From what I can tell they are likely to be the exact same units that Nakamichi are selling (it's hard to bother faking a gold plated mechanical connector when you've got the specs) I also wonder if Nakamichi didn't just brand a high quality generic part manufactured in china anyway.