Twelve years ago, my book Silicon Dragon cautioned that China could win the tech race. Now the U.S. has finally woken up to this threat.
The U.S. is moving in the right direction with the largest national investment in science, technology and manufacturing in generations. It’s a build back better plan, and with European allies coming aboard, this bold plan counters China’s Belt and Road initiative and five-year economic plans.
With this urgently needed funding, the middle of the country could recover from a long downward spiral of lost jobs. A growing number of inland innovation districts stand to prosper. Specialized strongholds such as biotech in Cleveland and robotics in Pittsburgh already have emerged with state funding and local resources such as the Cleveland Clinic and Carnegie Mellon University.