Another Reason to be Pro-Israel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all know the saying, “You don’t discuss politics or religion with acquaintances or colleagues”. Well, I’ll go you one better. You also don’t discuss the state of Israel.

It seems there is no gray area regarding Israel. One is either profoundly pro or con. It is one of a very few nations that virtually everyone has an opinion.

If you are a regular reader, you will know that I am pro-Israel, so I will not be discussing nor debating the anti-Israel stance.

Pro-Israel advocates cite it to be the sole civilized democratic society in the Middle East, just trying to survive since its formation. It is the only bastion of freedom in that region, surrounded by radical Israel_MapIslamist states hell-bent on destruction. This is true.

There is however another reason to support Israel. One, it seems, very few know.

Take heed all you techie liberals for Israel is fast becoming a high-tech mecca (pardon the regional pun).

Despite its small size, this country has managed to become a leader in the world of high-tech innovation. In fact, it has the second highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world, topped only by Silicon Valley in California.

And as California continues to collapse under the weight of massive tax increases and entitlement debt, it is quite possible Israel may eventually overtake Silicon Valley.

Most don’t know of the close relationship between Israel and Intel, but the depth of that relationship may be surprising to even those who do. Intel Israel has been responsible for many, if not most, of the processor breakthroughs for Intel, and the Intel Sandy Bridge processor, developed in Israel, was responsible for 40% of Intel’s sales worldwide in 2011.

2012 was an important year for Intel Israel, as the company refit its Kiryat Gat facility to manufacture the 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge processor. The Kiryat Gat facility makes Intel’s 45-nanometer Sandy Bridge processor and the company invested $3 billion in the facility Kiryat Gatfor the Ivy Bridge.

Intel Israel is also indirectly responsible, through suppliers and subsidiaries, for the employment of 23,000 heads of household, and altogether employs 10% of all workers in the electronics and software industry in Israel.

Intel Israel totaled $2.2 billion in exports in 2011 alone. The country is the third largest investment target for Intel outside the US – after China and India – and over the past 15 years the company has invested in 64 different Israeli companies.

Apple Computer, the manufacturers the iPhone and iPad, is opening a new research and development center in Haifa Israel. It is expanding to Israel with its first technology research and development center outside of its Cupertino California headquarters.

Microsoft Corp. is opening the first startup accelerator in the company’s history to increase the success of young companies. The accelerator will take place at the Microsoft Research and Development Center and is part of the Israel R&D center ThinkNext and Microsoft BizSpark programs for startups.

Israel was chosen by Microsoft to lead the accelerator initiative due to the wide-ranging activity of startups in the area and the experience and know-how to propel startups into the global marketplace.

Microsoft Israel

A number of Microsoft technologies are made in Israel. These include Microsoft Gateway VPN technology, Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus suite and the recommendation system for Xbox.

Israel was the first Microsoft R&D center outside the US and opened in 1991. The country has the highest number of Microsoft workers per capita of any place on earth.

Hundreds, if not thousands of high-tech and medical companies, both large and small have come to this little spit of land in the Middle East.

Israel has been a world innovator for decades. The following is but a very small list of the many products developed there:

  • Remember the Epilady hair removal system? Israel.
  • InSightecs focused ultrasound machineReWalk Glee
  • ReWalk robotic skeleton, featured in the TV program glee
  • The modern cherry tomato (yes that yummy little salad add-on)
  • Life Touch dental laser
  • The first flash drive data storage device
  • Both Windows NT and XP were developed in Israel
  • The first commercial network firewall
  • Original Cell phone technology was first developed at Motorola’s Israel R&D facility
  • The core component for the Xbox Kinect system
  • The Powermat recharging platform

So, the next time you hear some liberal whining about Israel while holding a hi-tech gadget, let him or her (or it, in some cases) know they may also have a lot to lose with Israel’s demise.

The 5 Senses of IBM

If you’ve only just got used to talking to your phone, get ready for a major change.

IBM has revealed its predictions for the computer we will all be using in 2018 – and it believes they will have all five senses, and will communicate with us in radically different ways.

‘Infrared and haptic technologies will enable a smart phone’s touchscreen technology and vibration capabilities to simulate  the physical sensation of touching something,’ the firm said.

IBM's vision for the future of touch - it claims that in five years we will be able to touch objects through our phonesIBM’s vision for the future of touch – it claims that in  five years we will be able to touch objects through our phones

‘So you could experience the silkiness of  that catalog’s Egyptian cotton sheets instead of just relying on some copywriter to convince you.

‘It’s amazing when you look back over the 60+  years of the computing revolution and see how far we have come in such a relatively short time,’ said IBM’s Bernard Meyerso.

‘The first electronic programmable computers,  built in the 1940s, were essentially really fast electronic calculators.

Then came the mainframe, the PC, the Internet  and social networking.

Today, we’re entering the era of cognitive  computing–machines that help us think.’

‘One of the most intriguing aspects of this shift is our ability to give machines some of the capabilities of the right side of the human brain.

‘New technologies make it possible for machines to mimic and augment the senses. ‘

Today, we see the beginnings of sensing machines in self-parking cars and biometric security–and the future is wide open.

The firm claims in five years machines will be able to see, and understand, imagesThe firm claims in five years machines will be able to  see, and understand, images

‘These five predictions show how cognitive technologies can improve our lives, and they’re windows into a much bigger  landscape –the coming era of cognitive systems.

‘But the point isn’t to replicate human brains.

We humans are no slouches when it comes to procreation.

‘And this isn’t about replacing human thinking with machine thinking.

‘Once again; not necessary.

‘Rather, in the era of cognitive systems,  humans and machines will collaborate to produce better results–each bringing their own superior skills to the partnership.

‘The machines will be more rational and analytic. We’ll provide the judgment, empathy, morale compass and creativity.’

IBM also says machines will be able to hear in five years and know when we are talking to themIBM also says machines will be able to hear in five years and know when we are talking to them

Computers will also be able to taste - and even predict what food we like based on out eating habits.Computers will also be able to taste – and even predict  what food we like based on out eating habits.

Computers will also be able to smell - and have sensitive enough noses to be able to detect infections on our breath and tell us if the food we are about to eat has bacteria inComputers will also be able to smell – and have  sensitive enough noses to be able to detect infections on our breath and tell us  if the food we are about to eat has bacteria in

Attribution: Mark Prigg, Mail Online