More people on the planet have mobile phones than adequate sanitation. Whilst sanitation is important, the mobile computer potentially can deliver greater good. Here’s how this could work…
1 Mobile Networks
No other core infrastructure has ever been so rapidly deployable: one cell tower versus networks of roads, railways, health care, schools, electricity and water. They’re 1000 times less expensive. Plus, mobile devices are significantly cheaper than personal computers and require less power to run and charge.
2 Market Efficiency
Co-ordinated markets provide price consistency and transparency. Farmers and fishermen are able to obtain the best possible price for their goods. Mobiles help them earn more money and consumers also obtain consistent prices.
3 Credit Lubrication
Credit fuels the entire economy. It provides survival of income gaps and room to grow. Mobile systems allow direct payments, which cuts transaction costs and edges out the middleman. More money is made and stays in the community. Micro loans can then be sourced more easily.
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4 Overcome Corruption
The African Union estimates that corruption costs 25% of annual GDP. By automating government process this cuts corruption in general. Direct payments further bankrupt corrupt middle men and reduce transfer times and handling costs. Further, transparency clears the way for action. It builds a knowledge of what is supposed to happen giving this a better chance of being enforced rather than dodgy officials making up their own rules.
5 Latecomers Advantage
Developing countries are able to skip the need to invent and develop new technology to develop infrastructure. Instead, as latecomers they can simply acquire it. This enables third world shortcuts to the latest technology. They can skip roads and go straight to internet and mobile. By itself, it won’t transform a nation and it will accelerate development.
This is an extract from the Book Rapper issue Mobilize Me: Why Mobile Computing is the Key to Your Future. It’s derived from Michael Saylor’s book The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything. Here is the slideshow from this Book Rapper issue.