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Top Universities Join to Push ‘Public Interest Technology’

Top Universities Join to Push ‘Public Interest Technology’

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  • It is good schools are teaching students how to serve the public with new technologies. However, a more important skill students need to learn is how to determine what the people want. By that I mean, you cannot expect to create an advanced technology and have the public be satisfied. We need to understand

    It is good schools are teaching students how to serve the public with new technologies. However, a more important skill students need to learn is how to determine what the people want. By that I mean, you cannot expect to create an advanced technology and have the public be satisfied. We need to understand how to make their lives better and what they think they need to make it better.

    We may make something that could be useful for society but ultimately not be used because no one understands it or cares.

    One of the biggest problems of startups is that they have no business model or lack the ability of sustainability.

    It is more than just creating for a better future. We need to create something the future will be accepting of.

  • In the long run, it’s easier to do things right than it is to do them haphazardly and keep trying to fix them. So, I’m encouraged to see this initiative get started, and with such broad support. Especially encouraged by the bidirectional nature of it, so it’s not one discipline talking at another, but

    In the long run, it’s easier to do things right than it is to do them haphazardly and keep trying to fix them. So, I’m encouraged to see this initiative get started, and with such broad support. Especially encouraged by the bidirectional nature of it, so it’s not one discipline talking at another, but increasing cross-disciplinary literacy and expanding perspectives. The broad adoption of programs like this will help make important conversations common and key part of decisions by principal actors (i.e., companies, founders and managers).

  • This is where we (higher ed institutions) should all aim at; the intersection of multi disciplines with an emphasis on technology.

    We silo technology from a very young age when it should be as ubiquitous as pen and paper. Some will be better at one aspect or the other but all should be exposed to hardware

    This is where we (higher ed institutions) should all aim at; the intersection of multi disciplines with an emphasis on technology.

    We silo technology from a very young age when it should be as ubiquitous as pen and paper. Some will be better at one aspect or the other but all should be exposed to hardware, programming, analytics, the basics of networks, security, and privacy. K-12.