The Asian variety specifically in this instance. An Indian company that I was reading about because they are going to produce a $230 laptop is already producing “the world’s first integrated Battle Computer”:
SATHI (Situation Awareness and Tactical Handheld Information) from Encore’s suite of mobile computing products.
Of course, I’m sure the US Army has PDAs on the battlefield, but this is just cool. Could be a bit scary, too, if you think about it. The country has a billion people and is outfitting all its soldiers with high tech information gadgets that include a GPS and create (as I understand it) a network on the battlefield with the other friendly soldiers units. Sort of a Cybiko Extreme for the battlefield.
Which topic leads me to thinking, which is always dangerous. Indians speak English, have a 50 year history of democracy (albeit chaotic), many of them are highly educated and clearly they have great technical competence in fields from technology to medicine. It seems to me that our immigration policy would do well to focus less on blocking Mexicans and more on encouraging Indians, Pakistanis, West Indians and others who already speak the language (that would be English) and have great things to offer. And India could certainly spare 15 or 20 million people. How about instead of a Minuteman Project we start the Buy-an-indian-a-plane-ticket project. Ok, so it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. Maybe somebody has a better suggestion.
: Newmark’s Door points to a piece in the NY Times by Thomas Friedman that says India’s young generation has a “hunger for opportunity that has been pent up like volcanic lava under four decades of socialism.” So, make it 20 million entrepreneurial Indians under 25. That would help the Social Security situation, too.