[Paleopsych] Edmonton Journal: Why China is poised to streak ahead of the West
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Why China is poised to streak ahead of the West
Chinese are smart, hard-working and ready to take on the world, futurist says
The Edmonton Journal
Friday, May 27, 2005
EDMONTON - China's doing things the rest of us don't even know about,
and unless we change quickly they will streak past us, futurist Frank
"They are speeding ahead in so many areas because they have the
ability to get big things done very quickly," the man known as Dr.
Tomorrow told the Construction Specifications Canada conference here.
"They're very smart, they think differently from us, and they have no
restrictions on anything," said Ogden, an 84-year-old world traveller
who lives on a high-tech houseboat in Vancouver.
In three weeks they relocated the residents of a large city block in
Shanghai, bulldozed the buildings and built a 1,000-bed isolation
hospital using 10,000 conscripted workers, Ogden said.
On the last day of construction, a stream of ambulances was bringing
"They work 15 hours a day, every day, with no union interference, and
that's what's going to beat us," Ogden told the gathering of
architects, engineers and other construction-related sectors.
Their wages have also doubled in the last couple of years to 28 cents
an hour, so the workers think they're making big money.
And China's not only manufacturing pots and pans any more. It's
producing quality, intricate items such as scientific instruments, he
"The infrastructure stinks, but they're working on that. And when they
decide to do something it happens in a hurry."
They also have no restrictions on reproductive technology so they
could clone people and rent them out to North America, which is facing
a shortage of workers, said Ogden, with a wink.
North America's future will be vastly different as China's economy
grows and the world keeps moving ahead at warp speed, he said.
Nine-to-five jobs will become a piece of history as we put in almost
full days on the job, he predicted.
"We also have to learn much faster or other countries will do it and
sell it back to us. The current, inefficient university lecture system
will have to replaced, and he sees a day when we're all using new Sony
technology that puts information into our brain patterns while we're
asleep. "That was in the realm of science fiction for years, but just
imagine how quickly you can absorb information that way."
Companies will also have to become incredibly creative to compete
globally, Ogden said.
"Don't even think of a box, never mind outside it. Every company
should have a smart 12-year-old who thinks off-the-wall. In China
they've just grown a monkey's heart, and if you can do that you can do
dfinlayson at thejournal.canwest.com
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