Show: Future Talk

Episode: 0040 Future Talk - Technology Serving Humanity

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This episode features an interview with Jim Fruchterman, founder of Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit organization that seeks to use technology to serve human beings. Started in 1989, Benetech's projects range from providing access to books for people who are blind, to advancing environmental conservation, to helping those who defend human rights. A pioneer in the field of optical character recognition and the winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (the MacArthur "Genius Award"), Fruchterman decided to trade the potential riches of the high tech private sector for what he calls the the satisfaction of helping others. He says that Benetech's business model is similar to that of a high tech startup, except that it measures its return on investment not in the number of dollars earned, but in the number of people helped. Benetech's basic product is software applications, which gather and preserve information from many different arenas in order to render areas of conflict and controversy more transparent, and help insure that decisions and policies will be based on factual evidence. Martin Wasserman hosts.

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Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 00:53

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