Give 3D Printers to Indian Villages to Keep Their Stores Open

On a panel at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Mahindra & Mahindra’s Anand Mahindra were among the executives offering bold claims about strategies technology companies should consider if they want to help change the world for the better. “Put 3D printers in villages” India’s Mahatma Gandhi and economist E. F. Schumacher shared a vision of preserving local economies — but they were missing 3D printers, said Mahindra. “Theoretically India’s on a springboard ready to take over from China. Meanwhile 65 percent of the population is still in villages,” Mahindra said. “What you really need is to stop migration, put 3D printers in the villages, allow the local shops to remain, create surplus right there locally — it’s the missing link to…


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