sam_wong wrote:This is mostly stupid racism. Chinese people invented most important things, like gunpowder, paper and printing over a thousand years ago. Now some American hires Taiwanese to invent stuff like iPods and claims he did it himself. Ugly Americans!
So you're saying modern warfare and deforestation is all China's fault...?
I think the OP's point was that there isn't much inventing happening now
in China or Taiwan. Not only is there a lot of copying going on, it's not even very good copying.
No single person "invented" the iPod. It was an evolution that happened over several years across many different companies, each making a contribution. Apple just happened to come up with a nice variant of an existing product that appealed to a mass market. I have no idea who was responsible for that concept, but I imagine it was a small team (2-3 people) of very talented designers, not an individual.
Even a lot of genuine inventions appeared simultaneously in different places (the integrated circuit is a classic example). Unfortunately, one person often gets the credit while others are (usually) forgotten. That's life.
If you can name a single important invention that emerged from China or Taiwan in the last (say) 50 years, post the details here, rather than just making unsubstantiated accusations that the Americans steal all their ideas from the Chinese. I personally can't think of anything.