How To Improve Technology Adoption In Developing Countries
Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master’s degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
In a world of increasing globalization, companies of all sizes need to stay attuned to new developments and currents of innovation beyond their core markets. This article highlights an intriguing way in which managers at smaller regional companies in the U.S. improve their ability to stay abreast of industry trends with the help of industry peer networks.
Despite possible downsides, society needs technology innovation. We live in a world where one billion people are still without basic sanitation Over six million children die each year before reaching the age of five Over 14% of the world’s people each live on less than US$1.25 a day More than 2.5 billion people are at risk from infectious diseases like dengue and malaria Ensuring sufficient water, food and energy to sustain acceptable living standards will become increasingly challenging in the coming years.
This pushes us into uncharted waters. Over the past decade, there’s been substantial progress in understanding the risks and benefits of individual technologies such as nanotechnology, which is revolutionizing how we design new materials from atoms up, or synthetic biology, which is opening the door to digitally manipulating genetic information, and uploading it back into living organisms. Yet just as understanding a single transmission line in the Indian supply grid wouldn’t have helped avert the 2012 collapse, so understanding the risks and benefits of each emerging technology in turn will not help avoid future catastrophic failure.
Other technologies in the WEF Top Ten present similar challenges. Drones raise concerns around security and privacy. The digital genome brings us closer to Gattaca -like discrimination practices based on our DNA. Precise genetic engineering techniques enable the ethically complex re-design and re-invention of living organisms. Additive manufacturing methods such as 3-D printing raise new challenges in how novel materials and processes are used safely.