Is Government Now the Caboose of Technology?

January 28, 2013

TechCrunch has posted an interesting Q&A with veteran IT innovator Marc Andreesen on "the future of enterprise." It includes an insightful (if not wholly original) summary of the evolution of the computer industry, in which Andreesen makes the case that government used to fund and develop the big advances in computing, which would then make their way to private companies and, ultimately, consumers. Now, Andreesen argues, the situation is reversed.

Here's how he characterizes the shift:

So the computer industry started in 1950 and basically ran for 50 years with the same model, which was a model where all of the new computers, all the new technology, all the new software started out being sold for the highest prices to the biggest organizations.

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