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The Future of Technology Management and the Business Environment: Lessons on Innovation, Disruption, and Strategy Execution by Alfred A. Marcus

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7. Rich, Poor, and Global Inequality

The gap between the top of the wealth pyramid and the bottom is large. As this chapter will show, there are technological challenges and opportunities at both levels.

This chapter starts by reviewing the state of affairs with respect to income and wealth distribution, using the United States as an example. It describes a technology designed especially for the wealthy, which gives them the potential to enhance and perpetuate their wealth, and which the poor are restricted from using in the United States. This chapter also discusses technologies and technological solutions whose purpose is to reach the bottom of the pyramid and eliminate poverty. However, the conditions under which they actually accomplish this ...

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