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April 22-25, 2003, Santa Clara -Explore. Invent. Connect.


There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom - ICT Innovation for the Other 90%
Ethan Zuckerman, Geekcorps

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Location: Winchester

In 1959, Richard Feynman gave a historic talk, inviting the global community of physicists and engineers to consider the challenges of creating machines at a microscale. The paper was prophetic, and anticipated much of contemporary interest in nanotechnology.

It doesn't require the genius of a Feynman to realize that there are huge opportunities in bringing the benefits of integrated circuit technology to the roughly 5.7 billion people not currently using the Internet. That said, far more engineers are working on making technology faster and more powerful than on making it cheaper and more accessible. And few of the people working on creating new technologies understand the needs of users in developing nations and the constraints they face. Some of the questions Zuckerman's presentation explores include: What are some of the successes innovators have had in creating accessible technology? What are key unsolved problems? And how do we mobilize global geekdom to innovate for the other 90%?

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