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The innovation enigma

AROUND the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolised by Silicon Valley. In this view, America's ingenuity represents its true comparative advantage, which others strive to imitate. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics. What is happening today is analogous to developments a few decades ago, early in the era of personal computers. In 1987, economist Robert Solow -- awarded the Nobel Prize for...


Goodbye To A Teacher

Goodbye To A Teacher

Frank Espada died last week. It is strange to talk about Frank and death in the same sentence because the first word about Frank that usually comes to mind is “life.” He was my photography teacher. It was the early 1990s and I was designing software at Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley, USA. I also...

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings. The device's sensors allow it make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real-time. Google said potential applications may include indoor mapping, helping the visually-impaired navigate unfamiliar indoor places...

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