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the Xbox360 Connection
I feel bad about 30,000 GM workers losing their
jobs. Where can they go?What can a modern vibrant American economy
New Hope? I recently thought about this problem
while considering a run for the 2006 US Senate seat from Indiana.
As a young Republican Moderate, what could I do to help these
folks? Brainstorm and Broker multiparty deals?
Here is one idea I came up with. Since there are
huge amounts of genetic sequences yet to be classified, Imagine if a
Senator Bud Labitan (R) from Indiana, could broker and encourage a
deal between Lilly, Microsoft, and GM to develop a simple plan to
convert 30,000 “GM line workers” into gene-segment analysts or
Now, imagine that these workers are all connected on
a networked X-Box360 running a simple research software application
(developed by Lilly, Microsoft, and GM) from their homes, within 6
This temporary WPA-like program would help accelerate
the discovery of genetic instructions. And, just like road
building, new innovations would be developed as the projects
progressed. Setting the proper incentives and time limits to
government subsidized programs like these could facilitate the
transfer of work groups back into a stimulated private sector of
biotech knowledge work.
If such a big conversion of industrial to knowledge
work were brought about successfully, we would all benefit from more
medicines and better health products developed.
Bud is a physician, software developer and Purdue
University MBA business graduate. Contact
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