The Good Technology Project

It’s become a truism that technology is the most powerful lever that we have to change the world. As with any powerful lever, it’s up to us to actually use that power to make the world a better place. Moreover, we should aim to do the most good we...

Financial services for the world’s poorest

In a nutshell What is the problem? The poorest people in the world (those on around $2 a day or less) mainly use cash. This is costly for them to handle and it’s costly for institutions to handle, meaning that they have less access to ways of handling shocks,...

Clean power generation

Projects to address this Bret Victor’s excellent What can a technologist do about climate change? suggests the following software-related projects: Control systems for clean power generation machines Data gathering and modelling to predict optimal placement of wind and solar generators Energy-networking: routing of energy through the grid, especially a...

Biosurveillance

The problem Natural pandemics have historically killed millions of people and caused widespread suffering. Advances in biotechnology have opened up the possibility of novel diseases being accidentally or deliberately released, and these could cause more harm than natural diseases. Biosurveillance as a possible solution The field of biosurveillance aims...