Can technology have a heart?

Technology

The TechBridgeWorld research group believes so. Technology, when engineered with compassion and in respectful partnership with users, can have the transformative power of affecting positive change in the lives of the disempowered.

Based at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, TechBridgeWorld has several projects in the areas of education and assistive technology. Through a process we call “Compassionate Engineering,” we build partnerships with disempowered communities by establishing mutual respect and trust. Oftentimes, such communities include people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged people, especially in the developing world.

We spend a great deal of time and effort to understand a community’s needs and forge working relationships with individuals within these communities. This kind of approach requires compassion, dedication, and the ability to work across cultural and other barriers. The ultimate goal is to realize each community’s vision of development and actualize it by inventing and customizing relevant and accessible technology tools.

What are other ways in which technology can have a heart?

Learn more about the Compassionate Engineering process.

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