I see myself in this article. Hints of:
- My Asian background and the hunger for achievement
- The constant threat of conflict
- The importance of being comfortable with ambiguity
- The unease of global tensions and political disagreement
- The cultural clash between Asian and American habits
- Moore’s law playing out in our lifetime
- Lithography as art and the pinnacle of tech
- The necessity of trust to drive innovation and growth
- The knowledge that TSMC tech powers the vast majority of devices and servers without which American healthcare’s Electronic Health Records cannot exist.
Yes, it is a long read. This is what deeply researched, wide-ranging, thoughtful writing is about.
I’m a Taiwanese native American citizen. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) probably isn’t a household name for most, and yet it produces the vast majority of the most advanced chips for the most advanced smartphones, laptops and computers. TSMC makes me proud to have been born on that tiny island.
CMIO’s take? I enjoyed this very much. This is a brilliant read. You may not agree with all of it, but it is a fascinating journey into the interconnectedness of our personal relationships, our technologies, our trust, our nations and leaders and nothing less than the future of our world.
2 thoughts on “I Saw the Face of God in a TSMC Factory (Wired)”
Thanks for sharing. I only recently heard details about TSMC on the Ezra Klein podcast where he interviewed Chris Miller. Miller has a new book, Chip War, that is on my list to read https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Chip-War/Chris-Miller/9781982172008
Yes I heard that too and so Chip War is going on my list as well.