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30 Cutting-Edge Tech Projects From Around the World

December 7, 2011

When it comes to technology it’s sometimes easy to think that it’s all a bit much, that perhaps the world is not better off for all our technology use. And, while “it takes 35 times more energy to produce a pound of smartphone than to make a pound of book,” there ARE some amazing things that technology is helping around the world.

In her recent Mashable article, Loren Hockenson writes,

From bike-sharing in Toronto to geothermal technologies in Reykjavik to accessible laptops in India, civic projects and startups alike are using tech to make a difference in the way everyone lives. These efforts are making traffic easier to navigate, energy consumption a little greener, and people happier. They show that smart uses of technology will be key in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Below we’ve highlighted some of the best and most interesting projects. To read more about them, click through to get the full story, and follow the series to learn about even more global efforts for change. MORE

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