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Technology Will Eliminate Hunger, Disease, Poverty & War, Speaker Will Contend at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference

By Chris McManes

Technology will conquer many of the major problems plaguing the world, according to Byron Reese, author of the book, Golden Age 2.0: How the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty and War.

“I think we can take a lot of comfort that things that are purely technological problems will have technological solutions; we will discover them,” Reese said on The Promise of Tomorrow radio show Monday.

Reese, executive vice president of innovation at Demand Media, will deliver his remarks during the first day of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference  at the Renaissance Seattle (Wash.) Hotel, 21-24 October. The title of his talk is: Big Data and the Coming Golden Age of Humanity.

“When you don’t have hungry people, and when you don’t have disease, and when you don’t have extreme poverty, and when you don’t have war, it just like, lets the pressure off on all these other aspects of life,” Reese said. “That’s why I call it a Golden Age. It will be, I think, a time of peace and a time of prosperity and health, and people will make better choices.”

The IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference promotes the role engineering, science and technology can play in fostering positive and meaningful solutions to major challenges facing billions of disadvantaged people around the world. The program will showcase peer-reviewed papers, panels, tutorials, posters and keynote addresses.

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