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New Technology and buzzwords

Many years ago, people were crazy for IoT and smart something. Smart cities, vertical farming, and smart living. People focused on connecting everything with internet or other connecting technology.

Technology is improving itself every moment, buzzwords are the same too. When I did research with technology and agriculture in 2014 to 2016, there were some soil analysis IoT projects in Israel, and Sky Greens vertical farming in Singapore.

After few years later, 'IoT' and 'Smart City' are still popular words in internet. But people like to use 'Artificial Intelligence' or 'AI' to cover every new technology development. People want to solve same problems with new technology.

World Food Programme (WFP) develops a blockchain projects to against hunger for Syrian refugees since 2017 and in Bangladesh 2020. They also have a website, Atrium to educate their staffs. There are many blockchain application projects with WFP. Those projects have the same goal -- to end poverty and zero hunger. They may use those new technology to solve identification problem, food distribution, get involve in economic activities.

But blockchain technology is still a higher cost technology to developing countries. So, I think about a question in APrIGF 2016. There was an attendee asked the panelist in the opening ceremony.

Will we have another Digital Green?
Digital Green is a special project to help rural area to self management in agriculture. They educate farmers to access internet and operate video equipment, then farmers train other farmers. They share weather conditions, experiences, farming knowledge, make a community with agriculture. The project is not only in India, it also in Ethiopia and other African countries.

New technology is always good. It may help to solve problems quickly and efficiently. How many people or engineers will know how heavy effort to a country to access internet or to afford to develop a new technology? There are some developing countries still have problems in accessing internet, and some countries need to solve health and food problems to survive first, not to develop new technology.

I typed this article because attended a web seminar in the afternoon. Some panelists shared their project with A.I. technology, but the project looks like an automatic program, not a artificial intelligence development. It probably is a first step with conditional statement by human definition.

Do we solve the problems with new technology or we just attract the audience with buzzwords? How to develop an affordable technology to developing countries and help people to have a better life?

Or, we can always be happy to have new technology and the world will not bored us with new buzzwords.

I post this after attended Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) web seminar in APNIC 50. There were many panelists share their projects with AI, chat robot, medical treatment and soil analysis. It was very interesting in the seminar. Those agriculture projects made me think of some other smart agriculture development several years ago.


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