America Losing its Edge in Innovation to China
In a recent conversation with a friend, the topic of China's amazing advancement came up. He voiced concerns about America's ability to innovate faster than China, given its government's ability to mandate lifestyle changes that could advance technology there. While I have great respect for China's production ability and their strides in business, there is something about a completely, or mostly, free market economy that enhances people's ability to innovate. It isn't just that either. America for all its issues is still the best melting pot in the world. Merging people of every race, creed, and appearance. While discrimination, sexism, and racism are sadly still very alive and well, of all the countries America does the best job of drawing on these differences to produce extrordinary changes in the human condition.
I don't think that America will be able to continuously outpace countries like China as far as hard technology such as desktops and laptops forever. Eventually they will catch up, but as far as in science and biotechnology. I think that even with the issues America faces with religion at odds occasionally with biological advancement we are poised to make some amazing breakthroughs in the near future.
Another area where Americans are frequently slandered is in our educational system. Yes, our educational system is not where it should be, but I don't think that it is hampering innovation. Some of the biggest innovators in America are high-school graduates, or College dropouts. I think that kids are still learning, but they are not learning traditional things and they are not learning them in the traditional ways. But their ability to understand complicated problems and find solutions does not seem to me to be affected. I think a lot of this has to do with the active role most parents are taking in their kids' education's now. America has a lot to fix, but I think that we still have a lot to offer the world.