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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Revisiting the Bell curve in the age of telecom and outsourcing via Philip Greenspun

Statistically, due to their sheer hugeness, you'd have to expect that there are more really smart people in India and China than the total population of the U.S. The Bell Curve advocates sorting people by IQ and stratifying the mot successfule, successful and less successful layers. Phil argues, "If the sorting-by-IQ process were efficient across international borders you'd expect that an American with an IQ of 100 should be making less than an Indian with an IQ of 120. Given that a lot of brilliant well-educated people in India are getting paid less than $5,000 per year, this is a bit worrisome those of us here who are fat, dumb, and happy. [Imagine that you were running a company. Would you rather employ a local high school graduate with an IQ of 90 or an Indian college grad with an IQ of 130 via Internet link?]". Phil greenspun also raises questions about maintaining the standard of living in the US,given that the younger americans are on an average getting dumber and telcom, outsourcing and better people are available to be employed elesewhere at a more economical price.
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