This week’s links:
- The Edge Question: “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” 164 contributors.
- On Android: by Bill Gurley. “Android, as well as Chrome and Chrome OS for that matter, are not “products” in the classic business sense. They have no plan to become their own “economic castles.” Rather they are very expensive and very aggressive “moats,” funded by the height and magnitude of Google’s castle.”
- Mapping the economic power of cities: from McKinsey. “Today only 600 urban centers generate about 60 percent of global GDP. While 600 cities will continue to account for the same share of global GDP in 2025, this group of 600 will have a very different membership. Over the next 15 years, the center of gravity of the urban world will move south and, even more decisively, east.”
- The quest for low-cost solar power: from strategy+business. “[Stan Ovshinsky’s] inventions from 50 years ago enabled cell phones, laptops, and flat-screen TVs. Now, at age 88, he’s aiming to make solar power cheaper than coal.”
- In India, Doubts Gather Over Rising Giant’s Course: by Paul Beckett in Wall Street Journal. “No one is disputing that the boom has created huge wealth for the business elite and much better lives for hundreds of millions of people. But the benefits of growth still haven’t spread widely among India’s 1.2 billion residents. And a string of corruption scandals has exposed an embarrassing lack of effective governance.”