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Sir James Dyson rounds on ‘Silicon Roundabout’ fixation

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By John Glenday, Reporter

January 8, 2013 | 1 min read

Industrial designer Sir James Dyson has rounded on the governments preoccupation with developing a traffic choked roundabout in London as a new tech hub as a ‘web fad’.

The respected inventor claims that government’s limited energy would be better spent on engineering instead, developing tangible infrastructure rather than ephemeral internet and video game projects.

Speaking to the Radio Times Dyson said: “I am concerned that we are sometimes distracted by the glamour of web fads and video gaming rather than the development of tangible technology that we can export.”

Prime Minister David Cameron intends to invest £50m of public money on London’s Old Street roundabout as a hub for start-up technology firms.

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