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I think one of the more interesting technological trends in the next couple of decades will be watching places like India and China reverse=engineer high-cost innovations that we take for granted in the West into low-cost forms that people can afford in the East :

By Ezra Klein  | October 26, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
 
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I wouldn't make any hasty assumptions about who will be able to afford what in the next couple of decades.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 26, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Or about who will be reverse engineering whose innovations. :)

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Not just reverse-engineer - actually innovate from the ground-up around issues that we don't even think about. I write quite a bit about this at http://www.youngworldrising.com I also recommend Vijay Mahajan's book The 86-percent Solution, which talks about the processes that are making consumer products and services more broadly affordable in lower-income countries.

Posted by: robsalk | October 26, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the Ted Talk videos. And this one is great. Inspiring Game Changers, such as shown in the video, can lead the US out of its structural unemployment - if we can get the country and politicians behind the movement.

Can WaPo start a series of front page features on Game Changing innovation? Run a feature story every week? Maybe someone besides the few who commented here might pay attention. Maybe something will change.

Posted by: valkayec | October 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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