The government manufacturing Steve Jobs: this idea itself is unscientific. How could Steve Jobs be manufactured? The government cannot manufacture him. He was created by the market environment. In working in science and technology, the government must not spoil things by being too enthusiastic. I advocate following the “mushroom theory”: the government creates an environment, and with the right air, moisture levels, and humidity, mushrooms will grow by themselves. The government doesn’t need to go plant mushrooms, or choose specific mushrooms, just create an environment, an ecology.
— Xu Guanhua, CPPCC representative, and former head of China’s department of Science and Technology, on the impossibility of manufacturing Steve Jobs
h/t Charles Custer of TechinAsia. Read full remarks here.