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World-changing Innovation

12/21/2015 8:44 AM

I always check Mashable in the morning. Today there's an article about innovations that improved the world in 2015. Another recent Mashable article singled out inexpensive yet lifechanging innovations that have a particular impact in developing countries.

Years ago I read a biography of a medical missionary who worked in SE Asia. A friend of his who practiced medicine in the US remarked that the missionary was practicing 19th century medicine. Maybe so, the missionary replied, but I'm working in the equivalent of a 16th century society. Millions of people need the current equivalent: simple, durable, reliable devices that solve basic and immediate problems.

IHS Engineering 360 Editor-in-Chief David Wagman will be focusing on these kinds of innovations over the next year. If any of you out in CR4 Land know about a project or product like these that's noteworthy, let David know. Here are a few he's published this year.

http://insights.globalspec.com/article/1739/engineering-for-the-developing-world-meeting-market-demand

http://insights.globalspec.com/article/1537/the-art-and-practice-of-engineering-products-for-the-bottom-billion

http://insights.globalspec.com/article/974/mit-system-uses-electrodialysis-to-clean-water

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12/21/2015 7:07 PM

OK, I'll be the first with "them negative waves", as Oddball said in KELLEY'S HEROES.

With each improvement in quality of life for third world countries comes an equal increase in the demand for food and health care, shelter etc.

It's another wave of suffering the consequences of noblesse oblige.

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