Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hwang Woo-suk shock is not enough to stop Korean daydream?

Another Korean illusion

I found this graph at this news. It shows the growth of South Korea's domestic market in robot indutry, predicted by Korean Ministry of Industry and Resources. Possibly encouraged by Hyundai's entrance in intelligent robot manufacturing, Korean government is expecting their robot market, estimated USD 420 million in the year 2005, to grow as large as USD 10 billion in 2010, and USD 100 billion in 2020.

Frankly, I was always wondering what could make Koreans optimistic like this, even just after they learned the true position of their country in the field of science and technology (through Hwang Woo-suk's scientific fraud incident, for instance). Later I found a simple and persuasive answer to my question: "maybe the graph is just predicting a catastrophic infration in Korea in the near future."

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