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Bingecast: 80% of the World Doesn’t Need Cutting Edge AI

Brian Thomas on sustainable and appropriate technology from Honduras to Haiti to Kenya

Will developing countries be positively impacted by AI and the newest technology? Not always, what is needed is appropriate technology. In this bingecast we ask, “What is appropriate technology?” And how can it be done sustainably?

Show Notes

  • 01:22| Brian Thomas introduction
  • 02:00 | How can technology be appropriate or inappropriate for a developing country?
  • 03:34 | Non-profit and the cultural difference of washing clothes in Sudan
  • 06:15 | Fatalism and the likelihood of making repairs
  • 07:15 | Difference flavors and history of appropriate technology
  • 08:55 | Martin Fischer from Kickstarter on the appropriation of technology
  • 10:35 | Sustainable technology
  • 11:54| Raising Tilapia, an example of economically sustainable technology
  • 16:43 | Engineers with a Mission
  • 18:50 | Math, science, and service
  • 20:15 | Poverty in Iraq
  • 21:45 | Annual student trips to Haiti
  • 25:15 | Using Nobel Prize winning technology in Kenya
  • 28:05 | Deep cycle batteries
  • 29:10 | Hippos, pedestrian bridges, and Bridging the Gap Africa
  • 31:35 | Tilapia waste and a methane digester at an orphanage in Honduras
  • 32:45 | Use of cellphones in developing countries
  • 36:16 | Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh, and cellular in developing countries
  • 42:52 | Universal access to the internet
  • 45:00 | Paul Pollock and incremental steps
  • 47:00 | Matthew Parris, Malawi, and the role of missionaries in Africa
  • 50:15 | Cultural clashes
  • 52:50 | Abuse of power in third-world countries
  • 53:00 | Cultural norms and Christianity
  • 54:22 | Ravi Zacharias and abuse of technology
  • 56:45 | Closing comments

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Bingecast: 80% of the World Doesn’t Need Cutting Edge AI