Great article on the New York Times on the favourite technology from emerging economies. It's not the iPad or fancy tablets. It's actually just a simple cellphone--a device which more human beings today have access to than the United Nations says have access to a clean toilet.
What if, globally speaking, the iPad is not the next big thing? What if the next big thing is small, cheap and not American?
America went into a frenzy last weekend with the iPad?s release. But even as hundreds of thousands here unwrap their iPads, another future entirely may be unfolding overseas on the cellphone.Forgotten in the American tumult is a global flowering of innovation on the simple cellphone. From Brazil to India to South Korea and even Afghanistan, people are seeking work via text message; borrowing, lending, and receiving salaries on cellphones; employing their phones as flashlights, televisions and radios.
|Tiny 'nuclear batteries' unveiled|
|EVs in Australia possible|
|The Beginning of the End for the Printed Book|
|"This could basically be the end of checkout people across the entire retail industry."|
|Predictions for 2112: Ocean Farming, Telepathy, Immortality|
|"The world has lost its last shot at staving off dangerous global warming."|
|"They don't want to believe that their own intelligence is deterministic."|
|Schools Monitoring Students' Social Media Feeds|
|WannaCry is Childsplay Compared to This|
|How to Build a 4 Barrelled Rocket Launcher|
|“Drone carrying defibrillators could begin operating in Sweden.”|
|"Is meant to produce more energy than it consumes."|
|“It’s not something you would expect to see there and not something we’ve seen there before.”|
|“Making paper out of stone.”|
|"The first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply."|
|A Simple Task for CRISPR|
|“We have to forget steel as a core employer.”|