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What would you consider to be the most valuable facet of computer science to the world today?

Computer science and technology has long been my passion, yet my dream is to contribute to the world positively. Many information technology careers seem to be trivial and/or wealth oriented. In what fields are people encouraged to develop computer technology for the benefit of mankind, rather than for monetary gain? #computer-science #science #technology #information-technology #humanitarian #ethics

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Joanne’s Answer

See if you can get your hands on the PBS show "The Human Face of Big Data".


It's a GREAT documentary on how computer science (and data) can do good for humanity.

Thank you comment icon I will absolutely check that out, thanks! Crista
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Gary’s Answer

First off, kudos to you for thinking along the lines of helping others. In the age of material wealth from technology, that is a rare attribute and I commend you. One of the areas where I believe you can consider is health and understanding diseases and illness. The human body is a remarkably complex system, and nature may hold preventative and curative secrets to unlock. Computer Science has a potential to unlock such secrets and this may well lead to tremendous benefit to millions.

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Gerard’s Answer

I believe the area of computer science / information technology that could best be put to use for doing good is Data Science. Data science can be applied to any area the required give back, including; health, poverty, environment, diversity, etc etc.

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There are many free / low cost online courses to help you understand what Data Scientist do and get certified. Here is an example: https://www.coursera.org/professional-certificates/ibm-data-analyst?utm_source=gg&utm_medium=sem&campaignid=11706203036&utm_campaign=10-IBM-Data-Analyst-US&utm_content=10-IBM-Data-Analyst-US&adgroupid=113140262545&device=c&keyword=ibm%20data%20analyst%20certification&matchtype=b&network=g&devicemodel=&adpostion=&creativeid=494629230369&hide_mobile_promo&gclid=Cj0KCQjwytOEBhD5ARIsANnRjVipYgGLV00z72bw3MHh-01ZwRtcMckc_J47XWC21GoNaCn8qEK9YO0aAhmFEALw_wcB
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