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Bridging the divide: the impact of technology in developing markets

Clarke’s third law of prediction is well known to most of us: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. As that oft-referenced video from Minority Report showcased, it all did seem magic back in 2002. But now gestural interfaces are nothing out of the ordinary - from Microsoft Kinect to Leap Motion to this year’s announcement by Google about Project Soli, each year we expect a bit more from technology.  

Whilst I never cease to be amazed by these developments, largely happening within the headquarters of global conglomerates in the US and Europe, I have a personal interest in tracking how technology is changing lives in developing markets at the other end of the world.

Ones to watch

Using a Windows phone combined with electronics and resonance tubes, Winsenga is able to monitor foetal heart rates without the need for sophisticated medical equipment in areas where, most likely, there is no access to it anyway, saving hundreds of lives in areas with high maternal mortality rates.

uses rate-of-rise in temperatures to assess whether a fire in a crowded urban slum has the potential to create widespread destruction. With

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DIY charisma

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IP 101: a beautiful mine

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Making good money

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Showing off your company culture

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Dot Everyone and the digital revolution

Martha Lane Fox wants to solve social and ethical challenges with a technology 'do tank'

You probably saw her Dimbleby lecture. Martha Lane Fox unveiled Dot Everyone, a new institution tasked with making the UK "brilliant at the internet." It's also going to focus on promoting women in technology, as well as sorting out our infrastructure. Basically, it'll tackle anything and everything to do with technology.

We caught up with the Baroness and founder about designing a digital authority for the modern age.

How would Dot Everyone work, and who would be involved?

I don't want to create another fusty building. I'm not sure I'm proposing a fixed organisation at all. It might be a way for groups of people to come together for short, intense periods of time to take on particular challenges.

You might pull in people from different places. From government, the commercial sector or schools as experts on a particular challenge. They might not even be experts, but lateral thinkers.

Somebody described it as a "do tank." I don't want to just produce reports. It's got to be prototyping stuff. It's got to be developing things and designing systems.

So it's a challenge-focussed project.

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Designing the ultimate onesie

Finnish designer Nina Ignatius didn't know what to say when the nurses at the neonatal intensive care unit asked her what clothing she'd like to dress her premature newborn in. “She was full of wires, her skin was paper thin and she was inside an incubator. I thought, how can you dress her?"

Clothing, the nurses explained, is good for the baby’s development. “Every feeling they feel is developing neurons in the brain," Nina says. "Without experiences you don’t have any memory - you don’t have any understanding."

The babywear revolution

Dressing a prematurely born baby often involves removing and reattaching wires, a process that can cause

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