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手机如何改变世界

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小编摘要:手机可不仅仅是通信工具,它还可以是移动的银行、发动战争的情报机,以及分发药品、救死扶伤的好助手……

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手机可不仅仅是通信工具,它还可以是移动的银行、发动战争的情报机,以及分发药品、救死扶伤的好助手……它瞬间跨越千山万水、随时传递宝贵信息的强大功能造就了人们全新的生活方式,也成就了一个崭新的世界面貌。

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The modern mobile-phone era dates back only to the 1970s. In just 40 years, they've gone from suitcase-size novelty to ubiquity. More than 4 billion of the 6 billion people on earth now have a cell phone, with a quarter of those owners getting one in just the last two years. And many are using them, in a giant global experiment, to change the way life is lived, from Manhattan to Ouagadougou.

当今的手机时代仅仅始于20世纪70年代。在短短的40年间,手机这一原本有手提箱那么大的新奇玩意儿已经变得无处不在。当今全世界60亿人口中,有40多亿人拥有手机,而其中的四分之一用户是最近两年才拥有手机的新用户。从曼哈顿到瓦加杜古,人们都在使用手机改变原有的生活方式,这已经成了一个大型的全球性实验。

The phones now allow Masai tribesmen in Kenya to bank the proceeds from selling cattle; Iranian protesters to organize in secret; Afghan villagers to alert Coalition soldiers to Taliban forces; and charities to see, in real time, when HIV drugs run out in the middle of Malawi.

有了手机,肯尼亚马赛部落的牧民就能把卖牛所得的收益存入银行;有了手机,伊朗抗议者便能秘密地组织起来;有了手机,阿富汗村民就能提醒联军士兵警惕塔利班;有了手机,慈善机构便能实时监控马拉维中部地区治疗艾滋病的药物何时用完。

“I was actually sitting around with a bunch of Ethiopian farmers recently,” says Duncan Green, research director for the charity Oxfam, “when I noticed that none of them had light or running water, but each family had a mobile phone.” The reasons are simpler than we think, he says. “Before, these farmers, if they wanted to check on a sick relative elsewhere, had to walk three hours in each direction. Now they just make a call.” That convenience, he says, drives their eager embrace of the phones. But the phones' growing ubiquity—“they're a technological Coca-Cola,” Green says—has other uses, too. Here are some ways they're changing the world.

“其实,我最近和一群埃塞俄比亚农民待在一起,”慈善机构牛津饥荒救济委员会的研究室主任邓肯·格林说道,“我发现,虽然他们没有人用得上电或者自来水,但他们家家都有一部手机。”他说之所以出现这种情况,原因很简单,比我们想象的简单。“以前,如果这些农民有个住在别处的亲戚生病了,想问候一声,就得辛辛苦苦走上三个钟头——这还只是单程距离。现在,他们只用打个电话就行了。”他认为,这种便利性正是他们对手机趋之若鹜的原因。“手机就像是技术领域的可口可乐。”格林说。不过,手机这种日渐增长的普及性还有其他用途。下面我们就来看看手机改变世界的几种方式。

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2011-07-26 14:08 编辑:kuaileyingyu
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    The phones now allow Masai tribesmen in Kenya to bank the proceeds from selling cattle; Iranian protesters to organize in secret; Afghan villagers to alert Coalition soldiers to Taliban forces; and charities to see, in real time, when HIV drugs run out in the middle of Malawi

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