Tech for Good 10: Estonia's e-currency experiment, ethical-shopping platform, a computer that can smell and more

29th August 2017 Posted by: Sam Firman

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.


We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.


Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.


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Tech For Good Ten | 29.08.2017



1//  Estonia's e-currency experiment

Estonia, a country that prides itself on being at the cutting edge of digital technology, is floating the idea of a currency called estcoins. Tech for good, or a way to undermine the non-state strength of cryptocurrencies?


2//  BuySmart: new ethical-shopping platform

A digital platform has launched that seeks to harness consumer power to build a more democratic economy. BuySmart helps people identify brands that match their values and informs members, and informs members on how they can make ethical shopping choices.


3// A computer that can smell explosives

Nigerian Oshi Agabi has unveiled a computer based not on silicon but on mice neurons at the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. The system has been trained to recognise the smell of explosives and could be used to replace traditional airport security, he said.


4//  Inclusive Economy Partnership issues innovation challenges

The Inclusive Economy Partnership, a collaboration between the Government, Nesta and other civil-society organisations, has issued a number of innovation challenges designed to help people on low-to-middle incomes.


5//  Kansas' friendly open-data chatbot

Kansas City Chief Data Officer, Eric Roche, has designed a friendly chatbot to help Kansas residents make easier use of the city’s open-data scheme.


6//  The chatbot preparing people for death

One of the more novel, and arguably disconcerting, recent applications of chatbots is the preparation of users for death. The BBC has profiled one such app, called Emily.


7//  U-Sense: rapid, point-of-care UTI diagnosis

U-Sense is a rapid, point-of-care urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnostic test designed by Module Innovations, in India. The innovation not only diagnoses samples within 60 minutes, but has the potential to transform the understanding and level of care amongst Indian women.


8// CycleEye: cyclist-detection technology for trucks and buses

CycleEye is a cyclist-detection and driver-alert system for trucks and buses. Regardless of who is to blame and improved cycling conditions in cities like London, casualties continue apace, representing a valuable area of tech-for-good innovation.


9//  Germany to implement ethical guidelines for autonomous driving

Germany is working on implementing a handful of new rules for autonomous cars that address ethical questions that come with the technology. This week, the ministry said it would implement and enforce guidelines released by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in June. One of the proposes rules is that human life should always have priority over property or animal life.


10// Turning exhaust soot into ink

Gravity Labs, in Bangalore, India, has invented a device and ink that allows them to recycle soot from vehicle exhausts into ink. The ink is not currently of sufficient quality to be used in printers, but is being used by artists for painting and screen printing for use on bags and clothes.


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