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    It's well known that China copies a lot of the western technology. The same accounts for Japan and South Korea, even though they make innovations to it. Is it true that new, high tech, world changing technologic inventions themselves never actually originate from Asia? Or are there numerous examples that show that this conclusion is not justified?


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    I would say that all technological developments build on what has gone before.

    One obvious example of a recent technical innovation in Japan was the blue LED, which has transformed the se of LEDs for lighting and display. I'm sure there are many others.


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    I think Sony produced the first transistor radio.
    Sony invented a tunnel diode.
    Sharp invented the self-sharpening pencil (the clue is in the name!)
    Sony invented the Walkman.

    Other companies have developed all sorts of innovations in semiconductor technology, manufacturing and packaging. I'm sure the same is true of China and Korea, but I am not so familiar with those countries.
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    Strange? Is that you...again?? You're everywhere! ^_^

    I think (but am not sure yet) those products can be considered to be innovations, rather than inventions, in terms of the technology behind it. The primary technology for the first radio (Marconi), first LED (also Marconi), the first computer, the first TV etc. originated in west. Also cars and electric tools originated in the west.Later, Asian countries joined in, but they didn't think of it themselves. That's my point, would you agree on that, or would you argue that there is no difference whatsoever between the west and the east, regarding computer technology?

    PS You're from Japan? (or just a Japanese tea-drinking shop in America (喫茶店) :P)
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    Quote Originally Posted by eMark View Post
    I think (but am not sure yet) those products can be considered to be innovations, rather than inventions, in terms of the technology behind it. The primary technology for the first radio (Marconi), first LED (also Marconi), the first computer, the first TV etc. originated in west. Also cars and electric tools originated in the west.Later, Asian countries joined in, but they didn't think of it themselves. That's my point, would you agree on that, or would you argue that there is no difference whatsoever between the west and the east, regarding computer technology?
    I don't think there is any clear difference.

    The transistor was invented by three American physicists. But much of the groundwork of quantum theory was laid by scientists in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Sweden and many other countries. Does that mean it wasn't an American invention? No.

    Just because a LED was developed elsewhere doesn't detract from the innovation of producing a blue one.
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