The next wars will not be prevented through diplomacy, but through development. Science, technology, and engineering are at the core of development – they provide the fodder for creativity and solutions to our global challenges – and are part of the calculus to solving multidisciplinary and multivariate systems problems with high degrees of complexity that are represented and intertwined within the development portfolio. The challenges we face shared with other countries, and they are truly global in scope. Accordingly, to turn the grand challenges of our century – food security, energy, water, biodiversity loss, health - into opportunities, we must harness the planet’s creativity –talent is everywhere - and share our knowledge freely to empower all people to contribute solutions. One of the greatest challenges to our security comes from the unconnected. Development has become a living condition where billions of people have access to a few centuries of human technological progress, but where another few billion people do not. There is an accelerating gulf between those who are connected to a few hundred centuries of progress and those who are not as more and more human knowledge is made more accessible online. We must use the power of science and technology to connect people with the knowledge to solve their own problems, rather than building dependency cultures. We may share knowledge not only address problems in the developing world, but the shared challenges that affect all countries.
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