To me, it’s entirely plausible that Facebook and Tencent might be net-negative for technological developments. The apps they develop offer fun, productivity-dragging distractions; and the companies pull smart kids from R&D-intensive fields like materials science or semiconductor manufacturing, into ad optimization and game development.
… These are fine companies, but in my view, the milestones of our technological civilization ought to be found in scientific and industrial achievements instead.from Why is China smashing its tech industry?
Research and development: a series
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