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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 25 2013: Hello,
    because for some people there aren't "their" big problems... not only powerful and rich people that their big problems are how to collect money and power... I mean people in general, that try to keep their space of wellnes and really don't care what happens to the neighbor. To resolve big problems we must start resolving the problems close to us...

    Challenge: during the day count how many people might need help on money, health, friendship, love, a smile etc and count among those people, how much help you can give... If you can fix almost all problems you are ready to try to fix big global problems...and also if you get may be contagious and other people will imitate you...

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