Report: new technology can fix global problems if managed well
The report presents examples of how frontier technologies can improve lives in developing countries:
Big data analysis is helping to respond to outbreaks of deadly diseases: during a typhoid outbreak in Uganda, for example, the Ministry of Health used data-mapping applications to facilitate decision-making on the allocation of medicine and mobilization of health teams; and develop insurance products for small-scale African farmers.
3D printers are being used in developing countries to produce prosthetic limbs that are custom-built and cheaper.
Artificial intelligence is reading digital scans more accurately than doctors, freeing them for care in which the human touch is important.
Internet-of-things (IoT) devices are allowing farmers to monitor soil conditions to decide when is the best time to plant.
Drones and GPS systems combine to maximize yields with minimal fertilizer or pesticides.
Illustration Photo: Agricultural drone (CC0 Creative Commons from Pixabay.com)