Kentaro Toyama

0 Geek Heretic explains why technology can’t solve the poverty problem

Kentaro Toyama is a geek heretic, or at least, that’s what Tom Paulson dubbed him last year. Now it’s the working title for Toyama’s upcoming book. Toyama is a renowned computer scientist and expert in computer-human visual interactions. He helped launch Microsoft Research in India in 2005 and was dispatched…

2 Guest post: The lessons of the Kony campaign

The Lessons of Kony 2012 by Kentaro Toyama ——————————————————————————————————————————– For a couple of weeks, Kony 2012 stole the spotlight in international development. It dominated conversation, with some applauding its success as an awareness-raising campaign (e.g., Nicholas Kristof); some criticizing it for its oversimplified, condescending, self-gratifying portrayal of the issues (e.g.,…

0 Kentaro Toyama, geek heretic, on “The Two Indias”

Kentaro Toyama is a Seattle man on a mission. A computer and information scientist who co-founded and ran Microsoft Research in India, Toyama has become something of a ‘geek heretic’ who is now devoted to fighting poverty and transforming our approach to aid and development. A big task but Toyama…

13 Geek heretic: Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic. And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant. A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009. If you’re not…