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Why the (tech) poor stay poor unless indigenized

One of the interesting demographics that define our world is the technological advancement of a country. And in that, there is a small set of countries which are clearly rich in technology, while the other lag far behind. I am, of course, talking about countries like USA, England, Germany, Japan, France, China etc.

But on the other end of the spectrum are countries like those in most of Africa, Asia, and South America. Strikingly, the amount of technological advancement is strongly linked to the prosperity of that country.

One way that these poor countries try to develop is by importing technology from the big powers. The other way is that they run the mill themselves, and grind out the technology for themselves; slowly, but surely.

Method number one is fast, but how good is it? The biggest problem with this is that you are getting the ready made tech, but the real know-how needed for self-reliability is non-existent. Yes, that is a very vague way of putting it, but there it is, nevertheless.

Method two is slow. You stand solo, alone, and undergo a hard time. But when you finally develop (as perhaps, exemplified best by China and Japan in recent eras), the juggernaut begins to roll. You are self-reliant, indigenous, and independent. You own the technology, and best of all, it is customized to yourself.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. The big technological powers of nowadays are the proverbial fish feeders.

If the big tech powers really want another country to develop (they may, or may not, have ulterior motives for wanting so), they should teach, not sell or donate.

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  1. 8 October 2008 at 9:18 PM

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