By Desmond Elliott
Everyday the media updates us, on poverty across the world and how adapting technology in the developing countries would ease the suffering. The poor people require access to innovation making their life bearable. The fight for equality, to raise living standards and reducing poverty, however the old question raises its head again and again. How to transfer information, ideas, technology while maintaining control and ownership of intellectual property?
The answer is simple, if people looked past greed and the get rich quickly mentality, the answer is staring us all in the face.
We should aim to be comfortable and productive. Sharing and spreading new ideas through projects like free software, free technology and open source, the inventor or innovator gathers income and accolades via other mediums. This allows innovation to propagate quickly and efficiently without the need for investors or venture capitalists. An example is the energy-saving design of Paul Pantone and the GEET technology.
This could be the worlds most innovative technology, he is on the cusp – it reduces fuel consumption, reducing operating costs by 200%, the idea is gaining momentum as humanitarians take up the challenge to distribute the idea; the technology works. It has been an uphill battle, fighting government, fighting law suits to stay out of jail and then there are the skeptics. There are futurists (like myself) prepared to take the technology, refine it to propagate it throughout the developing world. The earnings will be small at first and will not make anyone rich, by adding just a few cents to the cost of each product pays for development, the earnings will bounce back ten fold when these poor people spend their new wealth on food, clothing, books, mobile phones etc.. Yes! it may threaten “big oil” but should we not provide some relief to the developing world – What is important dollars or ethics?. When these people cannot afford to pump water for irrigation to grow rice to feed their family, who has the right to deny them access to technology.
Instead of governments financing terrorism or warships, just one project of this nature would “help” people in need. Current methods of fighting poverty are failing. For instance, UN food aid goes against the teachings of the bible. Jesus said, Today I can feed you all with fish but tomorrow you are hungry again. If we teach the people to fish, they feed them selves for generations. If as a society we were serious we could remove poverty unilaterally from the world. Think seriously how your ideas or technology could help mankind and instead of wasting time raising capital to develop a technology business, spend the time promoting and propagating the technology across the world. The notoriety alone will reward you, with incentives to develop and expand the technology, you are the expert, an ambassador to the cause. The money will flow!
Linus Torvalds developed the Linux OS, he made it open source – the world is better for this innovation and Linus has never been hungry.
REMEMBER: “The most successful business expands laterally not vertically.”
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