The tech community is armed to the teeth with arsenals of data processing solutions, and yet suffers from a vacuum of direction as to where to apply it. The existence of this vacuum may not apparent to those who live within it, but becomes clearer after living far outside of it. Today, the world’s brightest engineers now solve vacuous problems in advertising and fashion to generate short-term returns for predatory venture capitalists. Their inability to see the big picture is reinforced by austere educational programs that present computer science and mathematics in a platonic form, divorced from historical context, philosophy, and the myriad imperfections of reality.
Our reality is vast, complex, and tragically imperfect, in which the most important and fundamental problems of humankind remain unsolved. We do not know nearly enough about most natural phenomena, including the basic mysteries of health, disease, life, and death. Our empathy for the human condition motivates us to seek unique projects where we can contribute our talents toward better understanding these mysteries and improving the livelihoods of the world’s forgotten communities. To study such problems, we must be willing to work with new circles of people and travel to all places, including the remote corners of the Earth.