KT4P: Kentaro Toyama 4 President
Today we went to the Wireless Wednesday hosted at the m:lab (which is an incubator located in the same building as the *iHub_). Leading a discussion there was Kentaro Toyama who is a visiting researcher from the school of information at the University of Berkley, California. He knows a lot about everything 4D (M4D, ICT4D etc.) related and there is a lot of good information on his website and he has some, as yet, unknown connection to an individual called the “ICT4D Jester”. Some of his main points (in our opinion) were the following:
Technologies can only amplify human intents. An example is the Google search engine, where people have the intent to find what they are looking for. Without the intent to find whatever they are searching for, the technology would be superfluous.
- Edit by Kenatro: Technologies can only amplify human intent and capacity. An example is Google maps, which seems like a terrific tool, and for most people, something positive. However, it would be a mistake to think that the tool itself necessarily has positive impact. It was used by terrorists, for example, in plotting the Mumbai attacks of 2008. And, for people who cannot read, a map full of text may be of little value in and of itself.
- Start with what you need to solve, then figure out if technology (in this case ICT) can help.