Aug 25, 2011

What happens if the US cedes computer manufacturing to China?

I don't mean to sound alarmist, since I'm well that most pc's and pc components (including Macs and smartphones and tablets) are manufactured in China, if not also designed there. But if the US is no longer the dominant market for PC's, if all the pc's are being made in the country that's the largest market for pcs, then what will happen to the US and Europe? Isn't anyone else alarmed that HP is getting out of the PC business?




Well for security's sake, let's hope that the Chinese do not embed some kind of BIOS zombie code on Intel and AMD motherboards or perhaps in laptop batteries, which they could easily do since 1) they're the ones making the chips and 2) the Chinese state government has a pressing desire to maintain control over their population and actively works to monitor and suppress their population, and has been caught several times this year engaging in espionage and malware attacks on US corporations.


For our future economic health, US companies should invest in some kind of homegrown plan for designing and building cutting-edge pc's here, specifically for the American market. I'd hate for the tools that we rely on for information processing to be fully under Chinese control because they have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.


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