New Zealand could be a lot more prosperous, if we modelled ourselves on Silicon Valley.
NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell believes the IT age has created a golden opportunity for this country.
Bushnell say there's no longer a need to have everyone concentrated into the same area.
He says people that invent the future can live, interact and operate from anywhere so their decision comes down to where is a wonderful place to live and that's New Zealand's edge.
"People can utilise other people's work worldwide from anywhere now in the virtual world we live in."