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Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief/Publisher, MIT's Technology Review


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"Why Can't We Solve Big Problems?"

I'll be giving a TED U Talk in Longbeach at the end of the month. I'll be asking "Why Can't We Solve Big Problems?" I think that blithe optimism about technology’s powers has evaporated as big problems that people had imagined technology would solve, such as hunger, poverty, malaria, climate change, cancer, and the diseases of old age, have come to seem intractably hard.

I'd love to know what the TED Community thinks our difficulties are - or, even if the idea is true at all.

Here's a URL to the story I wrote in MIT Technology Review on the subject: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/429690/why-we-cant-solve-big-problems/


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    Feb 19 2013: If you see solutions problems no longer exist. Perhaps it is our perception of our knowledge, as reflections of our experience, that create these so called "problems". I believe their are many answers yet to be discovered. If we choose not to take on the courage it requires to change, or admit mistakes, we manifest our thoughts into reality. We are choosing only to look at the problems rather than the solutions. I only have the answers that I seek to discover. The solutions for your life are for you to find. I simply would like to say, I am glad you are all part of this existence so I may have more lessons presented to me. I feel it makes life a wonderment of which I know no other.

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