Intro

The Information Age

We are living in the Information Age. The availability of information has never been this great. As a result, technology is evolving at an increasing pace. This creates great opportunities. The so-called ‘information overload’ also poses problems however. 

Billions of people are missing the boat. For example, most people don’t have internet access yet. Consequently, more than half of the world’s wealth, belongs to one percent of the world’s population. How can we address these problems?

Intro

The Information Age

We are living in the Information Age. The availability of information has never been this great. As a result, technology is evolving at an increasing pace. This creates great opportunities. The so-called ‘information overload’ also poses problems however. 

Billions of people are missing the boat. For example, most people don’t have internet access yet. Consequently, more than half of the world’s wealth, belongs to one percent of the world’s population. How can we address these problems?

“I want to create technology that has the

potential of elevating people to higher

levels of independence.”

“I want to create technology that has the potential of elevating people to higher levels of independence.”

Vision
Independence

I want to create technology that has the potential of elevating people to higher levels of independence. I believe that independence is a gateway to prosperity and a better quality of life. I would like to see more people spending their time in accordance with their preferences. In order to obtain this goal, solutions for the world’s greatest problems are to be found. Climate change, wealth inequality and irreconcilable cultural differences are the most significant. 

This electric car is independent of fossil fuels
Vision
Independence

I want to create technology that has the potential of elevating people to higher levels of independence. I believe that independence is a gateway to prosperity and a better quality of life. I would like to see more people spending their time in accordance with their preferences. In order to obtain this goal, solutions for the world’s greatest problems are to be found. Climate change, wealth inequality and irreconcilable cultural differences are the most significant. 

This electric car is independent of fossil fuels
In the 19th century, a lot of new technology was introduced in Paris
Vision
Introducing New Technology

Many of the solutions for these problems are to be found outside the field of Industrial Design however. This doesn’t mean that Industrial Design Engineers are not part of the solution. Actually, they are key. Many problems, such as climate change, can be addressed by making new technology available for the mass. 

Vision
Making the Tools

As an Industrial Design Engineer, a way of tackling the described problems, is by focussing on designing tools that enable others to overcome these problems and obtain independence. Because of the magnitude of these problems, solutions can’t be found individually. Solutions need to be connected and distributed. 

 

This house is provided with 'solar tiles' which generate energy without compromising on aesthetics
Example
Rain Drain

An example of such a tool is what we’ve designed in the first quartile. My team came up with a rain drainage system that generates energy. This system is designed to be more affordable than existing solutions and has the potential of elevating people to higher levels of independence.

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