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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 24 2013: We can solvebig problem if we will take the problem seriously.........There is nothing like 'big problem'.......it's us who make or takethe problem or hurdle as big one.....if we have conviction in our thought and take one step forward towards the problem....I can bet u....we will get the solution .
    In urban statement u mentioned about hunger, poverty, malaria n all......it is we only who created this.......if we together think for our society.....all will be cured......we all just need a motivational pill with awareness of the cause....

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