According to the above New York Times article, Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley:
Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, had an abiding fascination with the tradition of Henry Ford and the original mass manufacturing of automobiles in Detroit, as well as the high-quality domestic manufacturing capabilities of Japanese companies like Sony….
In 1983, Mr. Jobs oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art plant where the new Macintosh computer would be built. Reporters who toured it early on were told that the plant… was so advanced that factory labor would account for 2 percent of the cost of making a Macintosh….
“We don’t have a manufacturing culture,” Mr. [Jean-Louis] Gassée [, former president of Apple’s product division,] said of the nation’s high-technology heartland, “meaning the substrate, the schooling, the apprentices, the subcontractors.”
To begin building a manufacturing culture in the United States, we propose the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing High School in New York City.
In comparison to the United States, Germany has long had an institutional infrastructure in place that supports and promotes advanced manufacturing. German manufacturing firms are well supported at national and regional level, by education and training, the research infrastructure of the nation, and by other institutions such as employer associations and unions.
Paul Romer is a renowned economist, a pioneer of endogenous growth theory, and a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He believes that the world can create dozens, perhaps hundreds, of new high-density “charter cities” to encourage faster growth that is greener too. Each charter city could be a place where millions of poor families could become residents, live, and work under better rules and lift themselves out of poverty. Inspired in part by Hong Kong and China’s special economic zones, such cities would give millions of desperately poor people their first formal-sector jobs, in many cases starting out in labor-intensive manufacturing (e.g. assembling garments or electronic devices) and services (e.g. call centers, outsourced business processing, or software quality assurance.)
New York City will surpass Silicon Valley as the leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but we must take a human approach.
Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI will transform in the next several years.
— Andrew Ng, Founder of Google Brain
NYC has always been enterprise focused and that’s where the opportunities lie for AI startups. In the last decade, enterprise talent has been fueling the startup ecosystem, talent that knows the industry gaps and how to get months long deals cycles closed. This revenue-driven approach, deep understanding of industry and focus on enterprise will allow NYC AI companies to rise above the hype.
— Steve Kuyan of Future Labs
A lot of opportunity exists in the enterprise, post-consumer side of AI. New York has deep resources within media, finance, retail, and real estate. The large businesses that have been built without AI get that an AI-related solution could really disrupt what they’re doing. Companies that fit into that category will want to beef up their AI capabilities.
— John Frankel of ff Venture Capital
[New York has] 600,000 students and 81 colleges. That’s the highest number of any city in the country, and gives New York an advantage over the next decade. NYU’s Future Labs effort to work with startups brings academics closer to [small] business.
— John Frankel
Artificial intelligence will be worth $1.2 trillion to the enterprise in 2018
According to Gartner, the global enterprise value derived from AI will total $1.2 trillion this year, a 70 percent increase from 2017.
AI-derived business value is projected to reach up to $3.9 trillion by 2022.
A major problem in the United States is that most of us lack an intuitive understanding of the difference between creativity and innovation. They require a fundamentally different set of processes, a different skill set, and a different mindset.
Western culture is intellectual and overrates the power of creativity and individualism. Silicon Valley is a Ponzi Scheme and Innovation is Driven by Government Policy. China is Very Optimistic about the Future:
China is incredibly optimistic right now…. [Chinese citizens have] the sense that they’re in a country that can do anything. I remember that growing up. America felt like that in 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s and it went away….
Another important point to understand that persuasion in an unconscious process. For example, a few months ago, Amazon and Apple were much bigger companies than Microsoft by market cap. Now Microsoft is the largest company by market cap. There were no big shifts in fundamentals but Microsoft for the most part avoided being mentioned in anti-trust talk.
Also, it is very difficult to logically convince other people that your idea is any good and the more original your idea the more difficult it becomes.
There’s an article about the secret to getting rich is having a stupid idea, but it is also important to understand the power of complex ideas. It is difficult for large organizations to implement complex ideas.
Sal Rajput is a Principal at Walison Corporation, a real estate development and construction firm with a focus on developing and constructing quality new affordable housing in New York City, and the surrounding areas. He is also the Founder and Principal of Empire State Development Fund (R), a federally-designated immigrant-investor regional center dedicated to job creation and economic growth through foreign investment in the NY-NJ-CT-PA region.
Digital companies tend to grow a whole lot faster than industrial age companies. It’s a lot quicker to scale up on Amazon Web Services than it is to build factories, deliver goods to showrooms, or establish global supply chains. Digital companies and business models also tend to scale more totally and rapidly than their predecessors. So while automobiles replaced horses in the industrial age, that took decades to happen and involved many different automobile manufacturers. When Amazon replaces the book industry, or Uber replaces the taxi industry, it happens a lot more rapidly, and there’s often one dominant player.
The main way the digital version of capitalism is more destructive is that most of these business models are not developed for long-term prosperity. The businesses do not need to succeed. They simply need to dominate their markets completely enough to establish monopolies, and then leverage those monopolies to move into new verticals. Amazon chose the book industry because it was low-hanging fruit: a vulnerable industry with no growth potential, easily disrupted by a player with a big enough war chest to undercut everyone’s margins. Amazon doesn’t need to make money with books.
While many VCs like to say they invest in people, very few of them have a goal to change the world, Blank explained. In reality, most of them have bosses, and singular goal is to make money.
“While they might like you, you’re just part of a liquidity Ponzi scheme,” he said. “Their only goal is to make you liquid or go public. They will support you to do that, but that’s about it.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, the outspoken Silicon Valley tech investor, called the start-up economy a charade on Wednesday, while also addressing the current the state of Social Capital, his embattled investment firm.
“We are, make no mistake … in the middle of an enormous multivariate kind of Ponzi scheme,” said Palihapitiya, at the Launch Scale conference in San Francisco.
Palihapitiya slammed the start-up cycle of raising funding rounds and spending money to boost user growth to attract bigger funding rounds.
“It’s all on paper, but it looks amazing,” Palihapitiya said. “You’ve been told to grow, so you’re growing. You’re doing your job.”
We face a form of capitalism that has hardened its focus to short-term profit maximization with little or no apparent interest in social good.
“You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart then how come they lose so goddamn always?”
Douglas Rushkoff did a podcast and a Medium post on “How We All Became Russia’s ‘Useful Idiots,’” they reference The New York Times video below:
The films chronicle the Russian effort to spread conspiracy theories in the United States since the 1980s, beginning with the planted story in an Indian newspaper about the AIDS virus being concocted in a U.S. military lab, right through the story about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of the basement of a pizzeria — which turned out to have no basement. The movies show how 85 percent or more of Russian intelligence activity and budgeting went to promoting fake news stories in the United States. Intelligence agents’ yearly review focused primarily on how many ideas they came up with for conspiracies and how many they were able to get picked up by dupes, called “useful idiots,” such as Alex Jones and Sean Hannity. The possibility that a U.S. president would retweet such planted stories, or even repeat them in his speeches, was beyond their wildest hopes.
Neither The New York Times nor Douglas Rushkoff really gets it. In 1991, I wrote Putting It All Together which included a chapter about the possibility of AIDS/HIV being a biological warfare operation. For one, there is great deal of circumstantial evidence beyond the planted news stories.
In 1978–1981, the CDC conducted a hepatitis B vaccine experiment on homosexual men living in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. HIV/AIDS was first detected among the participants in the CDC hepatitis B vaccine trial and quickly spread throughout the gay community in those cities. The gay men in the experiment were injected with a vaccine that had been made using human hepatitis B infected blood which was injected into chimpanzees known to be infected with the cancer causing simian virus 40 (SV40); the virus that had contaminated the polio vaccine.
Where we live, work, and play has a major role in shaping our health. Rates of chronic diseases attributable to the design of the built environment—including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma- are on the rise. The built environment also has direct and indirect impacts on mental health, including depression and anxiety. This is true for everyone, but is felt even more among vulnerable populations, who are less likely to have access to nutritious, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity and are more likely to be exposed to environmental pollutants and circumstances that increase stress.
Addressing growing health challenges and inequities requires new partnerships and collaboration between built environment and public health practitioners, and a health-focused approach to landscapes, buildings, and infrastructure. The Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities brings together eight national organizations calling upon members to collaborate with one another to create healthier, more equitable communities. When professionals in the fields of the built environment and public health work together, we multiply our potential to improve health.
The prevalence of low-density, automobile-dependent communities has resulted in unsustainable lifestyles that increasingly threaten human health and well-being. In addtion to inflating housing and transportation costs and increasing carbon emissions, disconnected communities reliant on cars create sedentary lifestyles. The lack of access to environments that encourage daily exercise, provide clean air and water and offer affordable services and nutritious food has meant growing epidemics of depression, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Communities can promote human health and well-being by encouraging the development of environments that offer rich social, economic, and environmental benefits. Healthy, livable communities improve the welfare and well-being of people by expanding the range of affordable transportation, employment, and housing choices through “Live, Work, Play” developments; incorporating physical activity into components of daily life; preserving and enhancing valuable natural resources; providing access to affordable, nutritious, and locally produced foods distributed for less cost; and creating a unique sense of community and place.
Communities need to maximize opportunities for daily exercise like walking and biking. Landscape architects encourage communities to move towards compact, transit-oriented land-uses that connect mixed-use developments, neighborhood schools, and a range of affordable housing choices. They assist communities in developing healthy green buildings and open spaces that promote efficient water and energy use and provide substantial amounts of vegetation to clean air and cool temperatures. In doing so, these communities can avoid the expensive health epidemics associated with automobile dependence, sedentary lifestyles, along with the high costs to the environment brought by dysfunctional patterns of living.
One of our long term goals is to build a facility inspired by the design of the Center for Urban Agriculture. The building will include fields for growing vegetables and grains, greenhouses, and rooftop gardens. It will also include a supermarket, health clinic, and affordable housing. We will use EB-5 financing, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and New Markets Tax Credits.