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Microsoft exec: Seattle needs to avoid Detroit’s fate
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Microsoft exec: Seattle needs to avoid Detroit’s fate

Microsoft common counsel Brad Smith delivered a pep speak adopted by an alarm bell throughout a presentation this morning to Seattle-area expertise leaders — saying that the area is second solely to Silicon Valley when it comes to its expertise prowess, however dangers following within the path of Detroit and the auto trade if it doesn’t shore up its instructional system.

“The solar set on the glory of Detroit,” Smith mentioned throughout the opening keynote on the Technology Alliance Washington Innovation Summit this morning.

When he goes to Silicon Valley, he mentioned, he encounters individuals who assume the solar won’t ever set on them. “Effectively, I feel we now have the benefit of residing in a wet local weather,” he mentioned. “We all know, on a wonderful day in August, you can not take that solar without any consideration.”

Smith proposed a sequence of reforms, together with upgrading the standing of pc science programs on the state’s highschool, enabling extra versatile schedules at neighborhood faculties to accommodate working college students, and investing to improve the capability of the College of Washington’s pc science division.

On the similar time, Smith defended the corporate’s name to improve the influx of immigrant staff to the U.S. to make up for what Microsoft sees as a expertise shortfall within the meantime. “We’re blissful to rent individuals from Amazon, however then the place’s Amazon going to rent individuals from,” he mentioned. “The reality is we’re chasing one another’s tails.”

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