TFG Ten: Library of the future, The End of History and Instagram for Doctors

28th April 2015 Posted by: Ben Matthews

Welcome to this week’s Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past week.

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Tech For Good Ten: 28.04.2015 

1. Helping the deaf in Poland

The first in our monthly #TechforGood series that we are doing across Europe, in collaboration with Social Innovation Europe. To kick things off, we spoke with Agnieszka Osytek of Migam in Poland.


2. Facebook and Google launch people finder tools for Nepal quake

In the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal, Google and Facebook have launched their respective emergency tools. Google's Person Finder, first launched in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake, uses SMS to allow anyone to search for or update information on people that might have been lost or found during a humanitarian or natural disaster. Facebook has also launched its Safety Check tool, which many are using to check on friends and family in their network.


3. How you can help Nepal earthquake victims from your computer

In the aftermath of the quake, relief agencies are gearing up to deliver personnel, supplies, food, medicine and financial assistance. As part of the scale-up, networks are being deployed that allow people and organizations worldwide to exchange information that aids relief efforts and helps locate quake victims. It’s possible for anyone with a computer to help with at least one of them.


4. Planting one billion trees a year using drones

BioCarbon Engineering wants to use drones for good, using the technology to seed up to one billion trees a year, all without having to set foot on the ground. 26 billion trees are currently being burned down every year while only 15 billion are replanted. If successful, the initiative could help address this shortfall in a big way.


5. An Instagram for doctors

Where do doctors turn when even they don’t know what’s wrong with you? Colleagues? Books? The internet? A Canadian startup wants to make the answer an Instagram for doctors, crowdsourcing diagnoses in the process.


6. Does the digital era herald the end of history?

Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean?


7. Wearable tech will soon be under your skin

Now that the Apple Watch has been released, wearables are indisputably mainstream. But one of the designers at the heart of the wearable tech revolution thinks it is time to refocus on something more fundamental — the human wearing them.


8. Data must be cheap and accessible for all

Data is the oil of the 21st century. It can fuel society and the economy, but the way in which it’s collected and implemented needs refining. The development community is waking up to the need for a data revolution but there is a recognition in some quarters that there’s still some way to go.


9. Turning salt water into drinking water using solar power

A group have come up with a method that uses solar panels to charge a bank of batteries. The batteries then power a system that removes salt from the water through electrodialysis. On the most basic level, that means that dissolved salt particles, which have a slight electric charge, are drawn out of the water when a small electrical current is applied.


10. Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future.


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