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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: Hello, Jason;
    Possibly the reason we can't solve the big problems is because we are attempting to solve them with our limited human minds, fixed in time and corrupted with programming and past emotially painfull experiences, along with the prejudices we have inherited. Then we have the ego, that thing we think we are that seeks only to be superior to others

    I suggest that the big problems can only be solved by transcending this small self and tuning into Universal Consciousness, sublimating our Human aspect to our Being aspect.

    True we have solved many problems, but the greatest one remains untouched; That of knowing ourselves as what we truly are; One with the source of our timeless unlimited universe.
    • Feb 25 2013: I salute your ability to utterly distort and obscure a very simple question with insanely hilarious new age pabulum. That's some jedi level nonsense you got there.

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