Why technology can be a catalyst for social good

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Technology is changing our world at a speed never seen before. And, it does so for the better: making our lives easier, safer and giving us experiences that until recently we could have only dreamed of.

 If technology can deliver all that, it’s obvious that it also can be a catalyst for social good. And, driving it will be connectivity and connected devices. Yet, we have only seen a few glimpses of what technology can do for humankind. Thanks to our industry leadership across the whole spectrum of consumer-facing technologies – from digital appliances and smart mobile devices to healthcare solutions and semiconductors – we at Samsung are uniquely positioned to see technology’s full potential.

So let’s focus on four big trends, where it’s believed that technology is set to be an immediate catalyst for social good.

Technology has the power to improve education of young people all around the world. When we think about smart, connected classrooms, it’s not just about integrating tablets into the school environment to give children better digital skills; it’s really about giving them a new way of learning – that’s more collaborative, more interactive and draws on a richer mix of content.

Technology also has the potential to level the playing field for children in disadvantaged communities, by giving them access to quality educational material and developing their digital skills. That’s why, since 2013, Samsung has opened more than 1,000 Smart Schools, tailored for 6-16 year olds, in 92 countries. So far, more than 270,000 students have benefited from our Smart School initiatives, and experienced the power of digital learning.

Another example is the Samsung Digital Academy; state-of-the-art learning centers for 16-24 year olds with digital classrooms, and research zones for practical and vocational education. They give young people the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. So far, we have set up more than 120 academies, and trained 17,000 people.

Another area that smart technology will transform is healthcare. Technology has the potential to take healthcare to areas that until now have had no or little access to first-class medical support. Take Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 60% of the population live in remote areas; providing healthcare there is a huge challenge. Our solar-powered mobile health centers have made a real difference; during the past two years more than 82,000 patients in remote communities have been helped by our mobile healthcare units.

A Guest Editorial