Bill Gates: The next great success will come from Asia

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates cited a survey done in the United States on "where will the next big success and where the next Bill Gates come from" when visiting the town of Boao in south China's Hainan Province. He noted that 60% of Americans said the next success would come from Asia. That's true as it's well recognized that the investment and changes here are leading to very innovative work, said Gates at the annual session of the Boao Forum for Asia, which opened Saturday. Established in 2001, the Boao Forum for Asia has become the premier platform for discussions about economic development in the world's largest continent. This year's BFA annual conference attracted more than 1,400 most influential politicians, business leaders and intellectuals from Asia and around the globe.

According to the world's richest man, Microsoft established its first research center in Asia about 10 years ago and currently is spending 60% of its research and development budget in Asia. The quality of job by Microsoft's development centers in Asia is among the best in the world, he added. Gates said the opportunity that a person has used to be largely determined by the country they were living in, but now the opportunity is much more determined by the level of education that they received. "And so not only is Asia benefiting from the uses of new technology, Asia will increasingly be the source of advances in technology."

News source: People's Daily Online

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well, they better do something about the pirates or theres no way in hell they'll make any progress... in terms of software anyways.

riku0116 said,
well, they better do something about the pirates or theres no way in hell they'll make any progress... in terms of software anyways.

I dont know about you, but it certainly seems to me that all this licensing, DRM, and anti-piracy that's going on (and failing miserably at that) in the states is hindering any major advancement in technology.

Primexx said,
I dont know about you, but it certainly seems to me that all this licensing, DRM, and anti-piracy that's going on (and failing miserably at that) in the states is hindering any major advancement in technology.

I agree. From the very start it's been counterproductive. It has caused way more problems than it's solved.

riku0116 said,
well, they better do something about the pirates or theres no way in hell they'll make any progress... in terms of software anyways.
If anything it's the opposite. Someone that may not have been otherwise able to afford the software can pirate it, use it and create new things and be inspired to improve and innovate.

It's pretty much 100% pirated software there, even in large companies and state owned companies it's all pirated software. I know this for a fact because my girlfriend happens to work for a state owned sports management company in China. Her work laptop is 100% pirated software, from the OS to the antivirus, everything. All the computers in her copmany are like that. Hell, you can barely even buy a new PC that doesn't have at least a pirated copy of Windows on it there. Her personal laptop we got from a licenced IBM dealer. Guess what? The OS was pirated.

if you could choose between a 100 dollars os and a pirated version of that os with the exact same functionality for free, which would you choose?

if anti-pirating measures were lifted, then pirated software would be sold the day they're released. then the company which spend millions developing the software would not get anything in return. the only thing that is motivating companies to develop new software is profit, they are not doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. so if they loose money developing software, would they do it?

the thing is, if we stop doing anything about pirating, progress in software will truly stop. like ending world hunger, just because stopping piracy is impossible doesn't mean its not worth trying.

njlouch said,
You do realise that was a work of fiction and not an actual prediction, right?

What is this.. "fiction" you speak of.... bbl gotta go feed my dragon.

And Besides Whedon is very late to that game.

I think Neal Stephensons' SnowCrash is the first to use Asia as the new economic centre of the future world.

HawkMan said,
I think Neal Stephensons' SnowCrash is the first to use Asia as the new economic centre of the future world.

Blade Runner did it even earlier.