Cheers to the Silicon Valley of [insert country name here]
November 17th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Cheers to the Silicon Valley of [insert country name here]

By John D. Sutter, CNN

I've noticed a bunch of tech stories lately about new "Silicon Valleys" popping up all over the world - from Central America to Russia to Africa. How great is that?

On one hand, dubbing a place the Silicon Valley of Wherever is a little irritating - in the same way universities calling themselves the "Harvard of the South" or websites saying they're the "next Twitter" is bothersome. Get your own identity.

But the fact that centers of tech innovation are emerging all over the globe - not just in that mountain-ringed, strip-mall-plagued valley near San Jose, California - is both encouraging and fascinating. Many of these emerging tech hubs are exporting technologies and ideas that could have have impact all over the world, not just in their respective regions. So who cares, really, if they need to piggyback on the innovative cache of Silicon Valley, California, to get some global attention?

Here's a quick look at five of these new innovation hubs, aggregated from recent news stories and interviews:

1. Nairobi, Kenya: Ushahidi, that open-source platform for mapping crises, was developed in Nairobi after an election crisis in 2008. Since then, the Kenyan capital has been asserting itself as a hotspot for app development, both for the Web and for mobile phones, particularly those that use text messages instead of complicated operating systems. A center called iHub provides a meeting place for start-ups and entrepreneurs to share ideas. Read about a few of them in a story I wrote last year.

2. Skolkovo, Russia: The government is playing a large role in engineering a tech sector for Russia, writes the Financial Times:

The Kremlin is working hard to position Skolkovo as a hallmark of its modernisation programme and a key part of its strategy to diversify away from oil and gas. The country will launch a “blitz tour” across the UK, Spain, France and Germany this autumn as it looks to draw in foreign investors to help create a Silicon Valley in Russia.

3. Guatemala City, Guatemala: The New York Times has a feature this week on Guatemala's Silicon Valley, which the paper says is remarkable in part because the idea of a meritocracy is almost unheard of in a country that has been defined by "cronyism" and "wide income disparities." More from that paper on this innovation zone:

For now, it is just a single brick building called Campus Tecnológico, with workspaces, programming classes and eco-friendly signs asking people to turn off lights in unused bathrooms. But the developers’ goal is to turn this five- or six-block area in the city’s center into an entrepreneurial campus, and a residential outpost for the hip, savvy, successful and young. “For people here, it’s the same as in Silicon Valley,” said Juan Mini, Campus Tec’s founder, who returned to Guatemala after starting a successful Internet company in California called ZipRealty. “What matters is your brain.”

4. Buenos Aires, Argentina: CNN's own Brian Byrnes has a nice piece on video game developers in Latin America, particularly in the capital of Argentina. He writes:

Until recently, video game developers have been concentrated in the United States, Europe and Asia, but over the past decade Latin American developers have blossomed, attracting millions in venture capital funding while developing games for blue-chip brands like Facebook and MTV.

One of his sources says Argentina's video game industry employs 3,000 people and will create $55 million in revenue this year alone.

5. Pretty much all of India: In its report on Pittsburgh becoming the new Silicon Valley of the United States, Monocle Magazine also offers an interesting map of similar innovative-y places that are popping up on other continents. One is Kolkata, India, which the magazine says is a break-out place for tech companies. NYT columnist Thomas Friedman has a recent piece on New Delhi, which he says shows promise to become a hub for tech start-ups and invention. He writes:

The predicted really is happening: India’s young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India’s problems. The late C.K. Prahalad called it “Gandhian innovation,” and I encountered many examples around New Delhi.

And he offers several examples. Among them:

Meet Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya, the C.E.O. of Ekgaon. His focus is Indian farmers, who make up half the population and constitute what he calls “an emerging market within an emerging market.” Ekgaon built a software program that runs on the cheapest cellphones and offers illiterate farmers a voice or text advisory program that tells them when is the best time to plant their crops, how to mix their fertilizers and pesticides, when to dispense them and how much water to add each day.

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  1. trx force

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    December 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  2. SPW

    http://SolarPanelWarehouse.net

    November 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Reply
  3. Yusuf Jan

    I'd like to point out another pulsating silicon valley - The Indus Valley. This comprises the vibrant, innovative, and entrepreneurial scene taking place in the 3 key cities of Pakistan – namely, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. To learn all about The Indus Valley – please visit http://www.pasha.org.pk; http://www.pseb.org.pk; and http://www.it.org.pk

    November 22, 2011 at 6:10 am | Reply
    • Sam

      Yeah right! We all know what Pakistan produces.

      November 22, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • db guy

        Paki's can code... communication has been a challenge for us but their work ethic is very strong.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  4. db guy

    I hire US, Canadian, Indian, Russian, and Irish developers for projects. No country owns the tech space – individuals do. Communication and learned skill sets drive tech endeavors – not countries. I have good and bad experiences with all of the countries I've mentioned. The bad experiences are not due to culture / time zones... it usually is due to poor communication, weak specifications, or crappy coding. Bottom line = no 1 country or individual can ever "own" the technology space. Tech as we know it is really just in its infancy and time will prove this point. Don't be afraid of countries... be smart and work with them instead.

    November 22, 2011 at 12:08 am | Reply
  5. DomiseOfUSA

    Thanks to the republicans allowing and encouraging all of our engineering and technology based jobs going overseas we are now just a nation of consumers to the rest of the world, that is until our money runs out, which is here soon. Get ready USA, and let me be the first to welcome you to being a 3rd world nation.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  6. Marshall Moushigian

    Although small and up-and-coming, Yerevan, Armenia is a hotbed of brainpower, despite the brain drain that occurred after the Soviet Union collapsed. And despite being blockaded by both Turkey and Azerbaijan, and with little natural resources, the tech world has been taking an interest, and is increasing that interest, as evidenced by the Microsoft Innovation Center.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  7. Anonymous

    What about the Silicon Wadi in Israel?

    November 21, 2011 at 12:55 am | Reply
  8. Adam Flammino

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    November 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  9. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc,Int'l Intst'r

    It is metal that is needed to succeed. Last week or earlier i invented an offshoot of another group of inventions that were stolen technology wise. Lawn care and garden equipment. So they stole that but they didn't know enough to modernize Harvesting Farm work equipment. There are only those big harvesters for the most part. and labourers are still stooped down or stretching on a ladder to pick tomatoes, or beans or mushrooms or stretched to pick apples or berries. A series of hand held harvesting cutting tools are what i have. since i tried farming as a kid but gave up after the lst l/2 bushel i have always regarded that kind of labor as repulsively annoying to do. makes me feel the grave picking through the dirt to get at the produce. i was 7 years old about then. the harvesting tools would vary in shape and handle styles and way that they cut and basket the produce or fruit. they have those lawn trimmer rotator tools which look silly. so much spent on making a perfect green grass lawn til you can bury yourself in a large area green grass lawn. It is ignorant and a waste of money to dwell on making rows of houses with perfect length green blade grass. i stated it more satirically a few weeks ago but it doesn't matter now. are people wearing their lawn everywhere it seems. it isn't carpeting you know, maybe you should just use carpeting instead. some actually do use tweezers to lift bad grass blades and small weeds. shrubs , some flower gardens and such – fine it does have artistic impression importance but the effort and waste of investment in maintaining especially in a large lot dimensions case, those perfect bladed grasses – i beleive your type should just go be a farm labourer for therapy. what next you are going to sweep and clean the dirt around the other bare areas that don't need any covering. it is a backward sense of priorities and what's necessary. Parks and Recreation public parks , then those golf courses – do they need to have perfect size and color and type of bladed grass too? just use the grass carpeting idea product instead and then vacuum the water and other weather elements when it rains. Yes, i know you want to be close to nature and have it all natural and clean and perfect like. – but that isn't often the case because the wild uncared for land isn't usually perfect bladed one color tone. outdoors sitting on the grass and such can't be made constantly outdoors sitting on our perfectly woven expensive carpet.

    November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  10. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc,Int'l Intst'r

    add to my IPAD-C Innovative Plan for Advancing China. they are all carrying small bags of rice that they shoot up and can't get off their addiciton, they have much more than that rice to sell but it isn't worth the trip. plus because of their two bad boy budhas, they are suffering halitosis but it will ever amount to any halo activity especially on their toes.
    tny

    November 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  11. D

    Was this article written in 1997? Of course other countries have tech centers. They've had tech centers for over a decade. "How great is that?" Are you kidding? Have you been living under a rock since the 90s and are now shocked to learn that - GASP - other nations know how to develop technology too? I don't get this article. "Pretty much all of India." Really. Have you visited India lately?

    November 20, 2011 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • guest

      Not literally. but any city/town with decent internet access and buildings do have some kind of back office operation.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  12. Lee

    Taiwan is not on the list?

    November 20, 2011 at 5:17 am | Reply
    • Bobit

      Taiwan is not a "NEW" innovation hub.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:31 am | Reply
  13. JohnDavid

    ohh, another brilliant story on the part CNN

    "pretty much all of india"....yes, i can see how an informed person would arrive at that conclusion. That pretty much all of india has qualities like silicon valley is soooo understated.....or not. CNN should get rid of these blogs, they are demonstrations of stupidity disguised as journalism.

    November 20, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  14. Bill

    No where in the world can silicon valley duplicated. Unless you lived there, you would not understand what makes the place tick. I was there from 1963 to 1990. It was like driving a car at 200 miles an hour non stop for 27 years. On top of that it was fun.

    November 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  15. bkh

    What a lazy piece. No analysis on what makes an area a Silicon Valley (country). All of these aren't even close to the areas that actually do like Munich, GE

    November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  16. Bernard Blumpie

    [insert comment here] Too tired. Almost time for bed. Just had to mail this one in. [end comment]

    November 19, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  17. Bellydad

    What! No Canadian reference? Ottawa, ON is touted as 'Silicon Valley North'...

    November 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Wilbour

      Yeah, our igloos have wireless internet!

      November 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • Miss Demeanor

      The Canadia tech industry like the patent trolling i4i which stifles technology? That Canada? Yeah. Sure.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • Silicon vally north

      hummm all the silicon valley north companies have disappeared in relevance – Newbridge, Corel, Nortel ...

      November 19, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Human

      Canada sucks.

      November 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • madjim

      Thanks for proving my point...

      November 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • JD

      don't worry, let's them think the BlackBerry was their invention haha. Low profile, no exposition, great profits. Perfect for Canada.

      November 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  18. madjim

    The author got one thing right – "dubbing a place the Silicon Valley of Wherever is a little irritating"

    Anytime anybody or business or place claims to be something – it makes me cautious and weary of their claims.

    (1) If you have to tell people this is what you are – touting about how good you are seems very self-serving and comes off pathetic.

    (2) Instead of claiming to everyone that your this or that – why don't you like your actions speak for themselves. If you really are tech center – your innovations and advances will speak for themselves. Kinda like how silicon valley got their name.

    November 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  19. Bella111

    Americans are so self absorbed that they didn't notice that for many, many years hundreds of countries have had excellent IT centers, that the small fraction of foreign centers employees account for a large fraction of Silicon Valley (US) employees. You are really so full of yourself!!! and it makes you blind.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • marinedad05

      @Bella111

      Are they? From the posts here you would see a number of people presumably from other countries seem to think they "alone" started it all.

      You do recognize, Americans have made tremendous contributions to the IT field, from inventions to funding...even today. And if you were to ask, most Americans will agree, rather readily, to the tremendous contributions made in the field from people from different parts of the world working in the IT field in this country, and of the millions hired by American IT firms in India, China, and the rest of the IT world.

      November 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Miss Demeanor

      The foreign IT workers who came to the US to get graduate degrees? US schools and US tech industry attracted them in the first place. Duh. But don't let facts stand in the way of your anti-US bigotry and rants. Have a nice day.

      November 19, 2011 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • marinedad05

        I agree Miss D,

        There is a change though. Most of the first batches of IT workers and those who came to the US for higher education have made tremendous contributions to the US. They have contributed in the IT, engineering, education and medical fields.

        The change I see, and I may be wrong here, are a a set of second-rate IT workers, with very few social skills, & gravitas, and only few come for higher education in our schools.

        You can see some of them commenting here. Guys like Ramesh above, put a sour taste in your mouth.

        November 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  20. angrycate

    I can't believe they didn't mention Ireland. Lots of tech innovation going on there and has been for several years.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
  21. Steve-O

    Hollywood is the biggest user of silicon.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • 01100010 01101111 01101111 01100010 01110011

      Total failure... silicon is different from silicone. Please know what you are talking about before you say something that does make sense.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • 01100010 01101111 01101111 01100010 01110011

        That doesn't make sense*

        November 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Tatts

        Seriously? Did you forget to turn on your sense of humor today, 10101100111001101...?

        Funny, Steve-O

        November 18, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • 01100010 01101111 01101111 01100010 01110011

        I obviously didn't. It is not funny when making a joke about silicone, when the article is about silicon.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:45 am |
      • 6C 61 6D 65

        Funny...b o o b s doesn't like jokes about silicon(e)...

        November 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • Pixelicious

        Wow, 0110.... methinks you need to ingest some happy silicon and develop a sense of humor. I'm pretty sure everyone understands Steve-O's comment. It's called a....ready for it?... "pun".

        November 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • 000100012

        Silicon Valley is like the Hollywood of the computer industry. Articles like these from CNN really aren't helping things either.

        November 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Mike

      I think that is silicone.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
      • DecodeThis

        4c 4f 4c

        November 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  22. Ramesh

    India and Indians rule the tech world. They run Apple, google & msft 🙂

    November 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • madjim

      No they don't. I don't know where you have been but India isn't exactly known to be an advance, moderized country.

      America owns the tech world. We hire India as the workers.
      Notice – Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. are all American Companies not Indian.
      All the founders and inventors are American.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Swami

      Ramesh

      I am an Indian but if I were you, I wouldn't make such exaggerated statements. It is silly. Millions of Indian's being able to write code is not the same as being pioneers and innovators in the "tech" world. That does not dilute the value Indians bring to the tech world.

      Madjim – Did you mean modernize instead of moderize? Perhaps a better end to the statement could have been "advanced, modern country"

      November 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • Swami

        Indians not Indian's

        November 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • NeedZ

      if we indians werent here...us hi-tech was just failure....any 1 doubt it.....

      November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • Raj

        I am not sure of that ....no one is irreplaceable....

        November 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • st4k

        would rather have Asians

        November 18, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • CD

        That's like saying that this country would fail without the Mexican workers. Sure the Indian programmers were in the right place at the right time, but it could easily have been the Irish, the Ukranians, the Mexicans, and so on. A few Indians have made an impact on American tech industry as pioneers but they are the exception and surely there are similar pioneers from many other countries in the Silicon Valley.

        November 19, 2011 at 8:29 am |
      • RRR

        Having worked with Indians, all I have to say is: Not in a million years, you racist neanderthal.

        November 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      If you hadn't been educated in an American School, and American companies hadn't slit their own throats by outsourcing, and extended the Internet to you, you would still be the third world.

      November 19, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • So

      Me thinks Ramesh is a troll from Pakistan..

      November 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • marinedad05

        I agree. This Ramesh guy seems to be from Pakistan or elsewhere. I have many Indian friends, and they are all bright & sensible.

        Not, one of them would make a stupid statement like this troll Ramesh from Pakistan.

        The best of IT inventions, & creations (like Pixar) are still purely American. That is the American exceptionalism.

        November 21, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • Sandman

      @ Ramesh: No we don't 😦

      I have been here in Silicon Valley since 1990 and can speak to this. All we are, are IT coolies, or modern-day indentured servants. Ask your friends who have been on H1Bs.

      I encourage my young Indian friends to stay in India and create something there instead of being a nobody here.

      November 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  23. Miguel

    Hey you're forgetting Silicon Roundabout in London. Still small but growing fast!

    November 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
  24. YoureAnIdiot

    Ottawa Canada has been called Silicon Valley North since back in the 80s, and maybe even before.

    November 18, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • JD

      remember the orangepeel? haha http://www.pcmuseum.ca/details.asp?id=36329

      November 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  25. Mr. Phil

    You can't talk about India without mentioning the place it all started – Hyderabad.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • RNair

      Bangalore, you mean?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:28 am | Reply
      • Techboss

        Does "Pretty much all of India" mean to you guys anything??? What is your problem why cant you grow up and think like an Indian

        November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • marinedad05

        Are you Indians fighting each other, again?

        November 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • Raj

        I was tempted to say ' Mumbai' and then i read ..marinedad05's comment 🙂 ....ROFLMAO .....

        November 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • Idiot

        Ya you little punk. Banglore -Happy kid? Did you and your father stood in VISA line holding Banglorian passport or Indian Passport?

        November 19, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  26. James

    Shenzhen China?

    November 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • John Sutter

      Good additions! There are obviously many places in the world outside northern California where innovation/start-ups/tech future-making are occurring.... This is just a list of five places I found particularly interesting on one given Thursday morning. Would be cool to get a comprehensive list or map going at some point, though. Thanks for chiming in! –John/CNN

      November 18, 2011 at 8:25 am | Reply
  27. Jerry

    I often wish I was 15 years older so I could've been at Woodstock, Monterrey Pop, The Beatles at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Bob Seger's "Live Bullet" show at Cobo..... Of course, if I really were 15 years older chances are I would've been at Da Nang, Saigon, the Mekong Delta, the Ho Chi Minh Trail........

    November 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • odubhain

      I am 15 years older and it was indeed fun even though the risks of being sent to 'nam were ever present. However, I think each generation can create its own fun and subsequent nostalga (as well as pointless wars). I'm also of a mind that having the world involved in creativity and production will sooner have us all in the same boat so that we can begin to work on the real problems. I champion the Occupy Your Brain movement.

      November 21, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  28. CWL

    Does John Sutter even know where Silicon Valley is, has he ever been here before? San Jose is IN Silicon Valley, not "near" it.

    ..."that mountain-ringed, strip-mall-plagued valley near San Jose, California"

    November 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  29. Scottie

    What a worthless article. I'd like my 1.5 minutes back.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • john catao

      Go back to sucking your c*ck.

      November 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • your mom

      slow reader

      November 20, 2011 at 12:15 am | Reply
  30. Greg

    Maybe there should be a post about the many mini silicon valleys within the US. @SiliconPrairie is rocking it in Iowa, Nebraska and other midwest states. We are not just composed of farmers, big tech is going on, on the prairie! I would love to see an article regarding the smaller tech hubs across the country.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  31. Patricia

    Hey, why didn't I see Angeles City, Philippines on the list. Well watch out world, you 'll hear from us soon!!!

    November 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Swami

      Sure – let us know when your city makes it. We are eagerly awaiting its arrival.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  32. Leaf on the Wind

    As someone who lives and works in the high tech industry in the original Silicon Valley I say more power to 'em. Inventiveness should be global, and information should be free.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  33. John

    I wish the America I lived my life in were the America of the Greatest Generation.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      Nice. You mean where there was legalized segregation and a massive world war that claimed the lives of 100 mm people? Sign me up!

      November 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • seigell

        This ain't the Civil War Era... But, whatever Era from whatever Nationality you wish to bring up, others will find an equally negative aspect to it.

        November 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • John

        Yes, my thought was not bone-crunchingly perfect. What time period do you suggest then that had absolutely zero problems and was idyllic in every way, or is this the best of all possible worlds, Panglossian Pete?

        November 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • Rod C. Venger

        Yes! What have we gained by walking into the grocery store and listening to darkies yelling instead of talking and, if you go late at night, listening to illegals jabber in whatever language they jabber in, instead of English? Oh I get it. "Diversity." It's supposed to be a good thing but no one has yet explained how that might be.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • Alex

        @Rod C. Venger, I'm sure that you still own Confederate flags and ride a wagon to Grocery stores. Go to silicon valley if you really want to find 'Diversity' but you won't because you never graduated from 'Know-it-all high school mindset'.

        November 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • Laughable

        Go back to your Occupy protest...moron.

        November 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Deathstalker

      Im pretty sure I would rather live in about 1k years. They will probably have figured out how to live for a 1k years and most of the social and economic problems will be a thing of the past. Then again who knows the world may be nothing but nuclear wasteland by then.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • Anonymous from 3011

        Well, since you asked. I'm writing you from the year 3011 and let me tell you how it is. First of all, things are a bit messed up. You see we figured out how to live forever using genetic blending with other animal species. However with population as bad as it is, all millenia babies were born sterile. Ofcourse, we ultimately dominated the world as we have such a long lifetime to do so. The Repro's became poor, selling babies to us for income. But now, their population dropped off and now we are stuck with a 98% sterile population. Then we started to get injured. When your lifespan is so long, it's inevitable that you start losing body parts to accidents. So most of the millenia babies are now grown up cyborgs. And it sucks because we need to not only constantly maintain ourselves, we have to continually fight for upgrades to compete in the job market. Luckily for me, my work pays for my Adapts. Adaptive machinery that bolts onto my body so I can work on the line. Most of us suffer psych problems with all the Adapts. We have to constantly re-train our brains to interface and use the new upgrades. Alot of people are taking Snap to speed up the nueral re-gen but it comes with side effects. Memory loss, twitching, addiction, are common. Too much Snap and you get seriously rewinded. Imagine a 200 year cyborg having to get his diaper changed. Anyways, there has never been a good era to want to live in. But from here we can cyber surf through the past and relive the funniest times. Like 2012, what a blast.

        November 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
      • Ram

        Anon, what've you been smoking? I want some of that 🙂

        November 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

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