Though over 1 billion people suffer from them, they're called "neglected diseases." That's because they attract little public attention and research money. But these diseases are about to explode across the globe, which is why many doctors say the neglect needs to stop now.
Fans of the One Laptop Per Child program were shocked and saddened to hear of the organization's imminent demise this week. There's only one problem: OLPC isn't actually dead. Despite what some blogs are reporting, the organization is alive and well… just not as alive and well as it once was.
One of the big questions of futurism is what kind of world we want to live in tomorrow. But as attendees at a recent conference on futurism discovered, "tomorrow" is relative. People in Egypt look at the future very differently than people in Canada do.
Bill Gates, nowadays basking in the accolades his philanthropy provides, noticed that toilets kind of suck in the developing world. Wanting to help stop the spread of communicable diseases, he's ready to put down $41.5 million for potty advancements.
You'd think we'd be at the point, by now, that a PC comes in a box of Cracker Jack, but that is not to be. Instead, the majority of the developing world has to depend on cellphones, or rural cyber cafes, to maintain a connection to the increasingly important data and tools that we take for granted. Well, here is a…