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IL10: Chip War (FT's Best Business Book 2022) ft. Chris Miller
14th December 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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Today, Chris Miller, Author and Associate Professor of International History, joins us for a fascinating conversation on microchip technology and its impact on modern day society, based on his book “Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology” - which just received the Financial Times Best Business Book of 2022 Award. We discuss why semiconductor chips are so important today and the complex manufactoring process behind them, the history and role of the very few companies that dominate the industry, the problems that the monopolistic situation causes but also the opportunities that it has created for technology. We also discuss the concerns that the technology has created in terms of espionage and digital warfare, why a deep integration between telecom systems might be a solution to the potential conflicts that the technology can cause, what might be able to disrupt the industry and much more. 


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:37 - Introduction to Chris and his work

06:17 - About his research process

09:50 - Why are semiconductor chips so important?

14:39 - How did we end here?

18:24 - About ASML and their role

26:02 - How and why was TSMC founded?

37:44 - The battle between China and U.S.

47:47 - A potential for conflict

51:20 - Disruption ahead?

54:16 - Key takeaways from Niels

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