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With the increasing division among political parties in the US, should we have confidence our "big" problems will be solved by technology?

Jason Pontin touched on various elements that must be present in order to solve problems through technology, as follows: "Political leaders and the public must care to solve a problem; institutions must support its solution; It must really be a technological problem; and we must understand it." I believe the American people truly care that "big" problems like healthcare reform, job creation, immigration, etc. are solved. But how much do political leaders, institutions, and corporations really care about solving them? Too many hidden agendas exist in politics, as well all know. Corporations have commercial gains to obtain. How important are those commercial goals in comparison to our "big" problems to those companies? What "big" problems would you like to see solved by technology?