SOAPBOX – Tech for Good: walking in the footsteps of medieval monks to harness collective intelligence and technology for social good

Máirín Murray, co-founder of Tech for Good Dublin, calls on us to walk in the footsteps of medieval monks to harness our collective intelligence and technology for social good to make tools that serve and empower our communities. To forge new connections. To hammer out practical solutions. To shape technology towards new positive purposes. Together, she argues, we can change our world for the better, and make a positive dent in the universe.

Job creation: What Andy Grove giveth, Deng Xiaoping taketh away

Excellent article (“How to Make an American Job Before It’s Too Late”) on job creation by ex-Intel CEO Andy Grove on Bloomberg. He highlights how the US tech industry has been cannibalising itself, potentially cutting America off from future streams of innovation by the pursuit of higher profit margins now. While Silicon Valley remains a hub of innovation, the jobs that spring from that innovation increasingly go to Asia and not to the USA. The story comes to mind of …

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