Tech Honcho Wants Innovation for the Bottom Billion

时间:2018-04-16 单词数:2460

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“I think it’s really important for us to use this magical power of invention and innovation to change the lives of people who really needed their lives changed.”


Nathan Myhrvold, co-founder of the technology development company Intellectual Ventures. He was formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft. He spoke at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco October 28th.


“People at the bottom billion in the world from, well, from any perspective. You can look at the bottom billion from health care or from poverty, it’s pretty much the same folks. And those are people who need their lives transformed. But the iPhone X isn’t how to do that. You need to have other kinds of technology that will focus, and try to make a magical solution to what’s otherwise an intractable social problem.

“他们是世界上最底层的10亿人,无论从任何角度来看都是如此。你可以从医疗保险或贫困程度来判断是否属于最底层的10亿人,而最后得到的基本上是同一群人。这些人就是需要改变生活的人。但是靠iPhone X解决不了这个问题。你需要其他种类的技术,集中注意力并努力想出神奇的解决方案,来解决难以应付的社会问题。”

“Now, when I say this to people in the world of global development they often say, oh yeah, we tried a high-tech thing and it failed. And I always laugh when I hear this because high-tech things always fail….


“For example, there were 33 search engines launched before one of them was successful. The world didn’t say, oh, search engines, yeah, we tried that, it failed. The technology world is all about failure. Thirty-two search engines failed before we got Google. Yet, a lot of times when we look at the developing world and people say, oh, we tried this it didn’t work, we tried that it didn’t work. Well, okay, you got 30-something more to go.


“Part of the point here is that inventing anything is hard. Even if you’re creating a search engine in the middle of Silicon Valley, it’s hard. That’s why those other 32 companies failed. Of course, if you’re trying to solve a completely intractable problem of poverty or health care in an area where there is none, you should expect that’s not going to be any easier. It probably is harder. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.”


来源:科学美国人爱语吧作者:Alex Lee187