2 Dec 2013

Vaclav Smill, a professor emeritus of environment and geography

Endorsed by Bill Gates this author of three dozen books has analyzed the world’s biggest challenges in detail about the future of energy, food production, and manufacturing.

"Manufacturing is crucial to innovation.
Most innovation is not done by research institutes and national laboratories. It comes from manufacturing—from companies that want to extend their product reach, improve their costs, increase their returns. What’s very important is in-house research. Innovation usually arises from somebody taking a product already in production and making it better: better glass, better aluminum, a better chip. Innovation always starts with a product".

"Apple! Boy, what a story. No taxes paid, everything made abroad—yet everyone worships them. This new iPhone, there’s nothing new in it. Just a golden color. What the hell, right? When people start playing with color, you know they’re played out".
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