Tianhe-2, Jialong and Manned Space Odyssey Shows China’s Hand In Knowledge Economy
Last updated on March 29th, 2017 at 07:18 pm
to this news that further illuminates China’s resurgence as a knowledge economy, the debate had been
the why, what and how of another successful manned foray into space by the
world’s second economy. But it doesn’t end here. Below the radar was the successful manned foray of the submersible Jialong.
|Tianhe-2 supercomputer ( Thanks: top500)|
June 2013: Fifth manned 15 day space odyssey. In this launch, the longest of
all and part of China’s systematic three phase build up towards building a
space station by 2020, part of the itinerary includes a live lecture from space
to Chinese university students.
July 2013: Tianhe- 2, built by entirely on intel processors but with Chinese
design and operating system, in a shift that some say is indicative of the
inevitable future, the National University of Defense
Technology built machine dethroned US Department of Energy’s
Titan machine overshadowing the later registering at 33.86 petaflops. In human
speak, that means it can do just above 38 trillion calculations per second.
July 2013: As the world still marvels at the rate of technological advancement
in the 21st century as evidenced by the bestowing of the record to
Milky Way-2 (Tianhe-2), Jialong, the submersible after years of tests is now
certified human compliant and will now host the first Chinese in its next deep
sea dive set to be completed next Monday.
Now, part of the criticism of the Chinese
space adventure has been leveraged on the new age trend where nations and
private entities, Richard Branson comes to mind, insistence that the real deal
in the new frontier in homo sapiens survival lies in the unexplored deep seas. Jialong’s
first in the upcoming five year trial period appears to be in acknowledgement
of this. As expected, samples of flora and fauna will be collected. In
addition, tests will be run on Jialong’s GPS functionality.
of the curtain of 20th century, economic thinkers were in a scramble
trying to define what it meant to be a knowledge economy, or its sister, a knowledge-based
economy. In the 21st century, the answers have been distilled, rather, as consensus builds.
classified as either, there has to be an element of high skill, requisite
infrastructure and innovation borne from exploiting existing knowledge,
leveraging on common knowledge coupled with the spirit of adventure that drove
our ancestors to make old wonders part of the human domain and discover new wonders
to be the broth that brews the future. In the Tizanhe-2, Jialong and manned
space odyssey China ticks all the right boxes as a knowledge and knowledge based economy.