According to tech optimists, the world is consistently getting better, and technology is partly to thank. It seems plausible given statistics about reductions in poverty rates, longer life expectancy, increased literacy, and the like.
But outside of these overarching trends, how do we pinpoint examples of tech making a difference in the day-to-day lives of real people? I see the forest—now show me the trees.
Enter solar power. Specifically, decentralized pay-as-you-go home solar power in sub-Saharan Africa.
The forest? Clean energy is getting incredibly cheap, and by transitioning to it we’re doing right by the planet.
The trees? People who’ve lacked access to electricity now have a consistent, affordable source of power in their homes, and it’s changing their lives for the better.
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