[ExI] Designing and applying technology for the third world
hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Sat Sep 25 17:51:31 UTC 2010
On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 5:52 AM, John Grigg wrote:
>> "The single biggest reason that the appropriate technology movement
>> died and most technologies for developing countries never reach scale
>> is that nobody seems to know how to design for the market."
> After participating in a few "design for third world countries"
> competitions and groups in the past, my experience tells me the
> problem is worse. Not only does nobody know how to do any sort of
> engineering any more, and not only does (almost) nobody know the
> market, but whenever something is made, it's patented and immediately
> made secret.
Patents don't make it secret. Quite the other way.
> There are at least a handful of "Engineers Without Borders" and
> "Sustainable Engineers for whatever" groups on each university campus.
> I guarantee you that each of them have worked on some sort of water
> purification system in the past. Let's double check that.. say about
> 400 universities in the U.S. with EWB groups or SE groups, and each
> one of them with a water purification project. Arguably, the market is
> not flooded with knowledge on how to do water purification, usually
> it's the same old design.. desalinization via plastic bags,
> ionization, etc. This isn't because of a lack of ideas-- many of these
> groups come up with really novel ideas. What I don't see is public
> attempts at releasing these designs, knowledge, etc. And if we can't
> even do that at home, where we have signfiicant information and
> knowledge infrastructure, how in the hell is anyone going to do it
Engineering ideas only turn into something real when someone cares to
put the effort into doing it. That doesn't happen very often.
You might Google for Saltworks Technologies
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