High Tech Buzzwords: Hype or Real Impact?
There’s been a lot of attention in the global development sector on a number of buzz-worthy innovations – some are futuristic (artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, drones), others are somewhat inscrutable (blockchain) – and some are intriguing but potentially problematic (the sharing economy). What will be the true impact of these innovations on low-income communities in emerging markets and beyond, and how are they currently being put to use on the ground? Could they actually provide solutions to the age-old problems of poverty, or will their potential be limited by technological complexity or unexpected downsides? If you have a business model to discuss, or just an (informed) opinion to share, let us know.