Riley: Technology around human needs
Added on 22 Apr 2017
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We're all getting older, we need better health care. Number two: We're all getting older, and our ability to work is changing, and so therefore there is a worldwide growth and demand for education. And education used to be organized around factories, and now it needs to be organized around knowledge and mobility and all of those kind of things. Those are two drivers: Number one, more people need more health care more of the time more affordably; number two, more people need more education more of the time more affordably.
So if you were looking forward ten years, you'd be asking questions about, Okay, well, how does that manifest? And how can technology answer? So then if you look at say education, there are issues that range from 'You know what, the world is an interesting place, I just want to improve myself' to 'You know, I've got some pretty serious study to do to get accredited and get a different kind of job.' Or, I just came back from Bangladesh, if you're in Bangladesh, everybody is really hungry for a good education, but nobody can afford it. So the problem there is: How can you distribute education efficiently to a large number of people? Because you know that they really want to be educated. So what are they wanting to be educated in? and so on.
So I think technologies are going to really move quickly to begin to answer these really big human needs, of which I have just mentioned two. But those two alone will transform the world. If you can figure out how to educate people throughout their entire life relatively affordably and easily, and solve the problem of accreditation, and distribute it globally... Well, recent uprisings in the Middle East just become a warmer pact to whole-sale transformation of the way people live their lives.
So it's way more interesting than Twitter, right? Twitter is just like where we all gossip and we all like to share stuff, but it's capped, it's kind of 'get the news out' behavior, and sometimes that's really significant in countries that have limited access to good media, and sometimes it's just really annoying, in America, when politicians are twittering that they've gone to good restaurants, or they've just voted on a bill, that's kind of annoying. But you can actually see that these underlying drivers are going to start being answered by technology, and they are very, very, very disruptive.

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