Five technologies Puerto Rico should be up to its eyeballs in:
1) Wireless broadband: With a population density of over 1,100 people per square mile and a need for a robust Internet backbone, this one's a no-brainer. Which, thanks to The Fools, means it isn't even close to being a reality.
2) Voice-over-IP (VoIP): Verizon treats its local clients like poo. If any company in Puerto Rico deserves to be shredded into confetti by chaotic change, it's this sorry white elephant (still partially owned by the government. Huzzah.)
3) Open source software: If the percentage of people who pirate Microsquish's sorry-ass offerings simply moved to open source software, We'd (a) reduce piracy to neo-con orgasmic delight levels (not entirely a good thing, but The Jenius is making a separate point here, so tag along), (b) improve productivity as blue screens of death and snail-like tech support are drastically reduced and (c) open up Our infrastructure to the wave of the future, rather than wallowing in the swampy past.
4) Microbanks: We are a consumer-crazed, yet cash-rich nation. Our gray economy nearly matches (and some say exceeds) the "regular" economy. One way to get that money into circulation and make an impact is by targeting loans with microbanks. It's a Third World solution for what is really a Third World drive-train under a Second World chassis. We need to upgrade the drive-train. And the chassis.
5) Alternative energy sources: We have solar, oceanic and even heat-engine technology to reduce Our dependence on oil. Unless We find a way to reduce that dependence, We may find Ourselves without enough energy to power Our economy.
And now...Five technologies Puerto Rico can dominate:
1) Social networking software: It's funky, but clunky, so it fizzles. The most touchie-feelie people on the planet (and this is a GOOD thing, folks) are a natural for making this work. It'd be like Viernes Social for everybody...every day.
2) Artificial intelligence: Don't gawp. AI is not about the programming, but about the feeling behind the intelligence. We can do that like We can breathe. Damn right We should be doing it.
3) Distance learning: Our educational system ranks up there with two-cans-and-a-string compares to the Internet. But We have a strong core of teaching professionals who have learned how to foment learning using a holistic perspective and limited tools. Isn't that what distance learning tries to overcome? Let's get on this, shall We?
4) Content management systems: See numbers 1, 2 and 3. Content management is about communication, searchability and usability. It doesn't matter if We tackle this from one direction or another, We can be the Stradivari of CMS.
5) Smart agents: You want a starting point? Here's one. The Internet is an ecosystem that grows at a faster rate than mammalian embryos. This astonishing growth leaves unexplored and uncharted regions larger than the known territories. (Even adding up Google and Yahoo!'s webcrawling archives without considering overlap yields less than 40% of all the estimated web pages of the Internet.) Who better to explore this vast unknown than insanely curious connectors of people's interests?
The Jenius Has Spoken.