Google X, the secret skunk works run by Google, wants to get to orbit using a space elevator. So should Google just buy North Korea instead to get North Korea's rocket technology?
After all, why build a space elevator when there's a rocket that you could easily buy?
In the same way that Microsoft might be interested in buying Nokia so that it can quickly gain access to technology and markets, Google might want to stop pretending that it can think its way to space, and go out and put a rocket in the shopping cart.
To make the process easier, North Korea is believed to be setting up the world's first online country shopping site, which will feature helpful customer ratings. (In a demonstration of the concept, a conglomerate of several Chinese companies reportedly used the site to purchase the United States. Feedback on the purchase, unfortunately, has been absent.)
The only problem with the online venue is that some countries are being counterfeited, that is, copied and sold as the original. The National Bureau of Lucrative Schemes, in conjunction with private industry, is investigating to see what can be done.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.