Innovative Ways Tech Has Benefited 3 Different Groups

Technology is a double-edged sword. some tech can be beneficial, others a disaster if used incorrectly. Yet there is little to no doubt that technological innovations make for a better, forward moving society. Entrepreneur Serenity Gibbons shares an interesting article on Forbes of the key technical inventions that have benefited specific groups over the past few years. Each one, Gibbons points out, is a testament to ‘beyond the box’ thinking.

1. Serving as a safe tech ‘bridge’ for young device users. “Children who belong to Generation Z and Generation Alpha wear a ‘tech native’ badge by default. Nonetheless, younger kids and preteens aren’t ready for the responsibilities that come with having full access to the Internet. It’s non-negotiable that they need to learn the skills necessary to navigate the web. They just shouldn’t be exposed to its temptations or dangers too young. Products like the Z2 – a phone specifically made for children and only includes texting, picture-taking, and calling capabilities. – show that thoughtful tech can be used to protect young people against the ‘wild west’ technologies they aren’t ready to face. This allows children to develop smarter tech habits and ease their way into the wider boundaries of the Internet.”

2. Helping low-income families escape from the cycle of debt-related poverty. “Leveraging the expertise he honed while at Harvard, Rohan Pavuluri co-founded Upsolve. The nonprofit focuses on helping struggling low-income families determine whether or not to file for bankruptcy. Those who decide Chapter 7 bankruptcy could better their situation in the long run can go through the process online.  Pavuluri believes Upsolve provides an affordable, equitable platform for those who could benefit from declaring bankruptcy. By making bankruptcy accessible to anyone, he believes his technological solution will give many individuals and families a fighting chance to beat poverty.”

3. Opening doors for remote workers with disabilities. 

“Working from home got a huge boost during the pandemic—but not everyone can easily move from an office to a residential setting. For instance, workers with disabilities can face barriers to engaging with their colleagues or clients when they’re not at the workplace. Like many emerging markets, creating more exclusive work-from-home environments for workers with disabilities is gaining traction. From making biometrics more inclusive to developing training sessions that meet the needs of all participants, the field is ripe for more tech-driven products and services to broach occupational obstacles.”


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