How technology will change the world (and why you need to come along for the ride)

Will Dayble will speak about the impact tech has on global health at the Global Ideas Forum 2015.

Serial entrepreneur Will Dayble is one of the inspiring speakers you’ll see at the Global Ideas Forum in October. Will is passionate about social impact and all things digital – and he’s excited about the role technology can play in solving global health issues.

The impact technology is having on a global scale is one of the most fascinating phenomenons unfolding right now. Will argues that this presents the perfect opportunity to change the world in ways that were once incomprehensible.

“Nothing we are doing at the moment is normal,” he explains. “We’re playing with self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and sending colonies to Mars. It’s all pretty mind-blowing.”

Tim Urban’s Wait But Why articles, which take an in-depth look at science and social issues, highlight the madness of the modern world.

“His series on Elon Musk’s companies, including Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man and How Tesla Will Change The World are particularly insightful for the lay reader.

“From a tech geek’s point of view, we’re finding exhilarating ways to look at social impact challenges. Good tech can create order of magnitude change in a system, and the size of the lever changes how we look at our approach.”

Tech and innovation play an essential role in improving global health

Technology scales in a way that human effort simply can’t – so the effort-to-impact ratio can be exceedingly more effective.

But Will doesn’t claim that tech alone is responsible for radical change: “20-something, white tech geeks from Silicon Valley building apps for their peers won’t save the world. There’s been some colossal screw-ups when technologists operate in a vacuum.”

“But the geeks are getting better, and the social impact ecosystem is slowly getting better at using that style of knowledge. Places where traditional service delivery models don’t work so well, places where problems can be well-defined and dealt with at scale.”

So what’s the solution? How can we ensure tech plays a role in improving global health? According to Will, it starts by connecting multiple, disparate people with different approaches. Together, their talents are amplified to create the most social good for the least effort.

“You can have the best chef, cooking the most beautiful meal on the planet. But that meal is completely useless if the chef doesn’t understand the tastes of the diner,” Will muses.

“The best tech minds make the effort to learn who they are cooking for.”

Global Ideas Forum: facilitating interdisciplinary marriages

Events like the Global Ideas Forum present the perfect opportunity for talented, passionate minds to meet people outside their existing networks.

“It can be hard to understand your own personal impact until you find a problem space hungry for that particular talent.”

His role as a speaker? Provocateur. “I believe a speaker’s job is to spark quality conversation. I always encourage attendees to come with a vulnerable, open desire to meet new, different people and hear different ideas.”

“When you already know what you’re working on, it’s an operational kind of problem solving. Do the thing. A quality provocation exposes people to ideas they didn’t know they didn’t know – which is a different kind of learning. The value happens in the long conversations over drinks when the event is done.

“For example, imagine someone who truly understands the behavioural aspects of anti-malarial bed netting sitting down with someone who really gets machine learning (AI). The conversation can go above and beyond individual understandings of the scope and quality of the problem and its potential solutions.”

What to expect from Will at Global Ideas Forum 2015

In a few week’s time you can hear Will examine the obsession tech entrepreneurs have with creating value. You’ll hear about the emergence of a community determined to create a world where things are vastly different to how they were. He’ll inspire you to think about why you want to contribute and how you can be a part of this movement.

Will will also give his take on some of the “truly terrifying” orders of change in tech, including:

  • that time when Elon Musk created billions of dollars of value in one tweet
  • the fact that we’re expecting computers smarter than humans by 2029
  • how Amazon generates around $84,000 in online sales a minute.

 

Will is one of 40 experts speaking at the Global Ideas Forum from 23–25 October. For more information, or to register, head to the Global Ideas Forum page.

Lucy Godwin, communications Manager

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