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Wednesday, 11 September 2013
America's Secret Weapon
Kaku: I must disagree with my esteemed colleague here. First of all,
let me say that science is the engine of prosperity. From steam power
to electricity, to the laser, to the transistor, to the computer—
However, the information revolution has a weakness, and the weakness is
precisely the educational system. The United States has the worst
educational system known to science. Our graduates compete regularly at
the level of third world countries. So how come the scientific
establishment of the United States doesn’t collapse? If we’re producing
a generation of dummies, if the stupid index of America keeps rising
every year, just watch network television and reality shows, right? How
come the scientific establishment of the United States doesn’t
collapse? Let me tell you something. Some of you may not know this.
America has a secret weapon. That secret weapon is the H1B. Without
the H1B, the scientific establishment of this country would collapse.
Forget about Google! Forget about Silicon Valley! There would be no
Silicon Valley without the H1B. And you know what the H1B is? It’s the
genius visa. Okay? You realize that in the United States, 50% of all
PhD candidates are foreign born. At my system, one of the biggest in
the United States, 100% of the PhD candidates are foreign born. The
United States is a magnet sucking up all the brains of the world, but
now the brains are going back. They’re going back to China; they’re
going back to India. And people are saying, “Oh, my God, there’s a
Silicon Valley in India now!” “Oh, my God, there’s a Silicon Valley in
China!” Duh! Where did it come from? It came from the United States.
So don’t tell me that science isn’t the engine of prosperity. You
remove the H1B visa and you collapse the economy.
Street Journal, editorialized against a congressman who wanted to ban
the H1B, saying they’ll take jobs away from the American people. The
Wall Street Journal said, “Look, there are no Americans who can take
these jobs. These are at the highest level of high technology. They
don’t take away jobs for Americans, they create entire industries.” And
so that’s why we have an Achilles heel, and that’s the educational
system. And again, sociology majors are not necessarily going to be the
ones determining the future Silicon Valley, but physicists, the
engineers; we need more of them, not less.