One of the most striking things I saw during tonight’s walk around Arizona State was this:

Empty computer center
via flickr

It’s a computer center. And it’s empty. Because it’s closed. At first, I literally couldn’t believe it. After years around Stanford, seeing a computer cluster that’s not surrounded by students, and open 24/7, didn’t really register. Proof once again that neuroscience is right, and that we tend to see what we believe, not the other way around.

Empty computer center
via flickr

If I were Tom Friedman, this would be the beginning of a piece about how this is an example of how American competitiveness is in decline, and how in China there would be 50,000 students using a facility like this. He’d talk about how in Berkeley a similar center– which he saw while on his way to play golf with the head of Cisco, before heading to Dubai– was filled with graduate students, but they were all Chinese.