How many people say they have a passion for technology? Elon Musk has made his name by saying so, but does he or is he a clever marketer? The public perception of Musk makes him both, and it does not matter.
Jason Hope is another philanthropist with a passion for technology. As a philanthropist, he makes sure that new projects have the funding they need to get off the ground. This includes projects from many different fields, including medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, information technology and even some forms of aviation.
The average person thinks of computer and cell phone technology, together called information technology, when they hear the word, but technology is merely the application of science to practical purposes. Engineers deal with technology all the time, and even something as old as the wheel is an early technology. While there are few improvements that can be made on the wheel, there are many improvements and tweaks that can be made on the things we attach to wheels, include bicycles. Recumbent bicycles, for example, are more efficient than the traditional variety.
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As a futurist, Jason Hope wants to make sure that technology is being used to solve the problems faced by people all around the world. He has given money to projects hoping to give clean water to villages that have little access to such water, and helps fund GMO projects that work to improve crop yield and manipulate genes to make sure that all the essential nutrients are met.
Genetically Modified Organisms remain controversial, but Jason Hope knows that nature modifies organisms all the time. Mutation, one of the driving forces behind evolution. Farmers and scientists are simply using horticulture, botany and genetics to make sure that there is enough food to feed the world’s growing population. Modifying organisms with genes from another plant is simple and effective technology, and it is possible that biotechnology may help reduce our dependence on fossil fuel. Jason Hope went to Fresner University in Arizona and developed his passion for technology there.