I have been wondering for some time now how much longer our country can sustain its wealth and power without producing anything. Through long conversations with others about this topic, it’s clear that some feel we are producing, and offer examples such as the iPhone and iPad. While these devices are cool, are they really making a recognizable impact on our country’s economy and overall well-being? Are these things that will be in high demand from other countries? No.
Most of the manufacturing of these products and their parts are done overseas and we are consuming them like crazy. What are we producing that other countries are consuming like crazy? What do we have that is so valuable it makes other countries line up to buy it? Not some cool device that can easily be duplicated, but something that is unique, difficult to duplicate, and high demand. In short, something that will create millions of jobs and will place our country back in the position of a producer.
Up until recently, there didn’t seem to be an American company that had the drive, insight, or innovation to produce something that was a game-changer. Then I read about Google’s self-driving car. Yep, Google, the search engine giant, has stepped out of their box and tackled something kids (and adults!) dream of. Google has the mapping data, technology, connections and money to make this dream a reality. Not only is their self-driving car cool, but it would be very difficult for other countries to quickly duplicate or catch up with what Google has already done with it. This innovation has the potential to create millions of production, management, and research jobs here in the United States. People around the world would be knocking down our doors to purchase self-driving cars.
Now, the most important question: Will Google keep the production of this car in our country? Will they use their power and insight to create jobs here and keep the innovation, secrets, and technology here?
Google, you have the power to make a huge difference. Please use that power to help turn this great country around. You have officially grown up from being solely an internet and search company, and in my eyes, are now a company that can go down in history as turning our country around when it was on the brink of collapse. Google, what will you do?
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