U.S. cities don't make the intelligence cut

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    can the US turn around its education system, investment in technology infrastructre, and investment in people in order to remain competative, say, 20 years from now?

    i'm somewhat bearish on the subject.
     
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    both, but i mostly mean b).
     
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    Two Canadian cities. :)


    Heck, two cities in the Province of Ontario! Whoohoo!
     
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    This seems like a stupid and arbitrary list. How is Cleveland smarter or dumber than any other large American city?
     
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    Come on, everyone knows that Cleveland Rocks :D
     
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    Judging from the article in its entirety, it seems to rather be a contest of who can spend the most on technology. Color me not impressed.
     
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    I see how that can lead to intelligence. :rolleyes:

    Is this one of those marketing campaigns where they pay for the honour of being the Most Intelligent Community?
     
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    i wouldn't concentrate on the name (i.e. the 'intelligence' bit), but rather how social and economic factors dictate how well the city will be able to compete in IT and IT-impacted businesses.

    i'll try to put this gently: broadband is BIG ****ING DEAL. the US is way behind a good chunk of the rest of the world in terms of deploying it. forward-thinking countries like japan and korea view network infrastructure as a utility, and those gov'ts pay to ensure that all their residents are connected.

    there was an excellent piece about net neutrality that aired on NOW last fall. the transcipt is here, and this is a bit from it, on why we don't have the broadband speeds like much of the rest of the world, even though we paid for it:

    (note: this isn't a straight interview, it's the transcript for the finished piece, which cuts back and forth to the interview and has some narration by karr)

     
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    It's not merely a matter of spending money on technology but emphasizing technology as a way forward for communities. While the US can claim to be a major innovator in IT, when it comes time to implement it, we're at the bottom of the list.
     
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    Have you ever been to Cleveland? :p

    I kid, I kid.
     
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    Thats great but this is the queue for the toilets.
     
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    :p
     

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