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Apr. 29, 2010

Presented by Dr. Eric Brewer
Professor, Computer Science Division
University of California at Berkeley

Abstract:

The historic focus of development has rightfully been on macroeconomics and good governance, but technology has an increasingly large role to play. In this talk, I present a different view of development with a more "bottom up" approach and with a larger role for technology as an agent of change.

One of our projects was the creation of software-only modifications to WiFi that enable high bandwidth over very large distances, thus providing a novel solution for rural connectivity. Using these links with the Aravind Eye Hospital, we are currently supporting doctor/patient videoconferencing in 30+ rural villages, essentially multiplexing urban doctors for rural patients. To date, more than 25,000 people have had their blindness cured due to this network.

Finally, I review a few other technologies that we have deployed in...