By Milan Shetti, CEO of Rocket Software
Over the past year, we have experienced a global pandemic, social justice lawsuits, political reforms and much more. As business leaders, we are generally concerned with finding solutions to address the specific problems of our businesses. Often, we don’t take a minute to take a big look at how we can tackle today’s biggest global challenges through digital technology. At Rocket Software, we are guided by our core values of empathy, humanity, trust and love. These values guide us in our efforts to make the world a better place through technology.
On our podcast, Digital: Disrupted, we welcome a wide range of tech professionals every week. One question we like to ask every guest is, “What problem would you use technology to solve?” With technology playing a key role in advancing our world today, here are 10 expert answers on the biggest problems technology must solve.
Andrew Winston, Winston’s eco-strategies
Problem: incorrect information
Andrew is the co-author of Net Positive: How Courageous Businesses Thrive By Giving More Than They Take and the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies where he advises companies on managing today’s mega-trends. Winston says that one problem he wants technology to be able to solve is the misinformation caused by the technology.
“Misinformation compounds all of today’s problems and we are at a point in history where we need to come together like never before.”
Bob Friday, haze
Bob is an entrepreneur specializing in the development of wireless technologies and is currently vice president and technical director of Mist, a Juniper company. Friday says one issue he wishes the technology could change is connectivity.
“The more people who know each other, the better.”
Shirish Nadkarni, serial entrepreneur and author
Issue: Climate change
Shirish began his career at Microsoft where he engineered the acquisition of Hotmail and launched MSN.com and has since built and sold several consumer businesses that have grown to tens of millions of users around the world. Most recently he wrote the book, Startup to Exit – An Insider’s Guide to Launching and Growing Your Tech Business. Nadkarni says one problem he wishes technology could solve is climate change.
“I didn’t think climate change would happen in my lifetime, but it already does, and I think with technology we can make progress before it’s too late.”
Gary Chan, Alfizo
Problem: health care
Gary runs Alfizo, a consulting firm that helps businesses create and transform their information security programs. Chan says one problem he wishes technology could solve is healthcare. “I wish the technology could scan someone to find and fix their problem. I think that would be pretty cool.
Dr David A. Bishop, Agile Worx
David is a technology consultant and researcher who has worked with companies such as AT&T, Delta Airlines, and Toshiba. He is also author and creator of the theory of agile vortices, the subject of his book Metagility: Managing agile development for competitive advantage. Bishop says that one problem he wishes technology could solve is hunger.
“Hunger, even if it seems like a very simple thing out of the blue… it has such a big long-term impact on communities. ”
Ed Skoudis, SANS Technology
Problem: Feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation
Ed is the founder of Counter Hack, an information security consultancy, and the president of the SANS Technology Institute where he developed his penetration testing program. Skoudis says that one problem he wishes technology could solve is feelings of depression, loneliness and isolation.
“I would like digital technology to be harnessed to limit and remedy the depression people are facing. “
Josh Linkner, University of Michigan
Problem: racial injustice
Josh has founded and sold five tech companies and is the author of four bestselling books, including his most recent, Big little breakthroughs. Linkner says a problem he wants the technology to fix is helping to restore the environment.
“I would love to use technology to help solve problems like racial injustice and hunger. We have a long way to go, but I am optimistic and believe that while technology will not solve all of these problems in one fell swoop, technology will certainly be able to help solve the most difficult and most difficult problems. more annoying.
Camille Eddy, Open Tech Pledge
Problem: lack of understanding of other cultures
Camille is a senior product engineer in the startup Sector and co-founder of the Open Tech Pledge. Eddy says that a problem she wishes technology could solve is a misunderstanding of other cultures.
“Not understanding other people hinders innovation. I think if we could use technology to find a way to understand each other a little faster and easier, that would be great. “
Tom Sweet, GM Financial
Tom is the VP of Cloud Services at GM Financial, where he inspires colleagues to start IT careers based on his own professional background. Sweet says one problem he wishes technology could solve is lack of privacy.
“I think we are losing our privacy in many different areas, and this is always a priority for me.”
Bill Miller, Beelinebill Enterprises
Bill is an executive advisor and consultant, speaker, author, mentor and coach who helps CEOs and leaders of small and medium businesses who need a partner to guide them through overwhelming times and problems and achieve desired results. . Miller says that one problem he wishes the technology could solve is cancer.
“In the year of a pandemic and vaccines, I would like to see technology create a vaccine that cures cancer. “
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