Jon Gosier: The problem with "trickle-down techonomics"
Jon Gosier - Investor, data scientist, entrepreneur
Jon Gosier is a serial tech entrepreneur and early-stage startup investor. In 2015, Time magazine listed him as one of the "12 New Faces of Black Leadership." Full bio
of civic technology projects
referred to as tech for good,
that allowed local populations
on their mobile phones
later in North Africa
to help activists stay connected
deliberately shutting off connectivity
about these technologies
in the back of my mind, which is,
the virtues of technology,
that we're intending to help?
tends to operate under similar assumptions
will get out and find everyone.
of technology "trickle-down techonomics,"
we design things for the select few,
will reach everyone,
behaves a lot like wealth and capital.
in the hands of the few,
into the hands of the many.
oppressive regimes on the weekends,
that might be a little bit more relatable.
and smartphones and apps,
to track people's personal health
the number of calories that you burn
or walking enough.
in medical facilities much more efficient,
these types of efficiencies.
find their way into medical rooms,
the $400 phone or watch
on the medical system?
Bitcoin and crypto-currencies
we move money around the world,
is incredibly high, right?
phones, devices, connectivity,
where you can find a proxy agent,
of capital to participate.
is, what happens to the last community
of the world moves to digital currency?
to the public library there,
to stay open and stay relevant,
they're going about this
and moving them to the cloud.
to school or from school,
to a mobile phone,
education experience look like
such a basic part of education?
across the world in East Africa:
to digitize land ownership rights,
older generations dying off,
to put all this information online,
of these plots of land,
and give them to the communities.
consequence of this
investors, real estate developers,
buying up these plots of land
to the technologies
that makes that possible.
that connects these examples,
and the technologies that we make.
efficiency over efficacy.
than the outcomes of what we are doing.
the outcomes of the technologies we build,
control the world in which we live.
in the world of investment and banking.
for a similar movement
thinking about the next big thing,
as engineers, as makers,
the unintended consequences
is in finding ways to include everyone.
About the speaker:Jon Gosier - Investor, data scientist, entrepreneur
Jon Gosier is a serial tech entrepreneur and early-stage startup investor. In 2015, Time magazine listed him as one of the "12 New Faces of Black Leadership."
Why you should listen
Jon Gosier is an investor and data scientist. He's a partner at Third Cohort Capital, an early-stage tech startup investment fund. Prior to joining Third Cohort, he was the founder of Appfrica, which invests in Africa’s technology economy, D8A Group, a company that makes data science solutions, and Market Atlas, which is like the Bloomberg terminal for emerging market countries. In 2015, Gosier was listed by TIME Magazine as one of “12 New Faces of Black Leadership”, as well as “Most Influential Blacks in Technology” by Business Insider in 2013 and 2014 and among the "20 Angels Worth Knowing" by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Gosier is a Fellow and Senior Fellow at TED from 2009 to 2012 and a first-year participant at THNK, the Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership in the Netherlands. He's won the Knight News Challenge twice, once in 2011 for work in analysis at Ushahidi and again in 2012 for work creating ways of moving data between mobile phones without a central mobile network.
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