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The Geopolitical Impact of Consumer Electronics

Jan 3, 2016 | 14:01 GMT
Attendees look at 65-inch Skyworth 4K curved OLED televisions on display at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Attendees look at 65-inch Skyworth 4K curved OLED televisions on display at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
(ETHAN MILLER/Getty Images)

Although new consumer electronics products could eventually change the world, the research involved in developing consumer electronics is as important as the devices themselves. Moreover, we cannot rule out the possibility that consumer electronics -- and electronics in general -- will gain greater influence and import in the global economic system, meaning that companies such as Google, Facebook or possibly Chinese companies such as Baidu could replace energy firms as arguably the most geopolitically important companies. ...

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