George Gilder


Larry's World
19 minutes, 8.8mb, recorded 2005-08-24
George Gilder
"Many people still have this nostalgic belief that China somehow continues to be Communist, when in fact, in their constitution in 2003 they incorporated a provision upholding the sanctity of private property," begins George Gilder in his interview with Larry Magid. Gilder believes that China has become a consumer country by building 60 nuclear plants. The Chinese government uses science and technology in a realistic way because China is run by engineers, not lawyers.

Gilder feels the environmentalist's biggest threat is their hostility to technology. He says nitrogen fuel cells are nothing but "fool cells", and that farmers growing crops that are useless to the economy do more damage to the environment then technology ever would. He calls it "feel good science". Using technology to create something such as hybrid cars is what we need to concentrate our efforts on . Gilder says that broadband in this country is not true broadband, nothing like Korea or Japan with 8 megabits of transfer speeds. In order to grow and compete in the World economy, the U.S. must make true broadband available to all it's residents at affordable prices.

Gilder finally discusses his belief that video must be developed into a "first choice culture." We need to use technology to watch what we want, not what the telecommunication companies want us to see. We've turned into a "TV Culture". We need to expand on trends such as podcasting which is breaking down barriers to entry into technology. He feels the next big step in technology will come from the chip companies combining everything on a single chip and eventually developing what Gilder calls the "teleputer."

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George Gilder, editor-in-chief of the Gilder Technology Report and chairman of Gilder Publishing is known as a libertarian, philosopher, and futurologist. Gilder has written books on technology and marriage including "The Silicon Eye," "Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance, "The Meaning of Microcosm," "Recapturing the Spirit of Enterprise" and "Men and Marriage." Gilder served as a speech writer for Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller and George Romney. He was one of the architects of supply side economics and was a strong supporter of telecommunication companies, which cost him much of his personal fortune when the Internet bubble burst. George Gilder, born in 1939, continues to write books and share his ideas on technology and the future.


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