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