This rings true. I like cool apps as much or more than the next person. I too dash from trend to trend, when I’m good I’m a few steps ahead but really it’s not focusing on the hard issues.
And what are the hard problems? There are a few recurring themes, these are generally the same themes I grew up with.
A. Distribution of food and goods. We still over-produce food n some places, under-distribute it in others. Maybe it’s better now than 30 years ago but it’s not solved.
B. Healthcare. The US still has poor healthcare for many and even for the lucky/rich people with good insurance it’s tricky. And even with all that we don’t do much preventative care, we band-aid with some seriously expensive band-aids after the fact. Where is pre-natal care, fitness and diet care, well-being, tracking for differences in aging when hormones flare. Fitness and health is an area I am passionate about but the depth of the problem and institutional inertia is daunting.
C. Distribution of wealth. I’ve posted on this before, but we can’t continue like this. If you want a healthy economy at the tide must rise for all boats. Sure, some boats are nicer than others, but we all need to gain.
I don’t know (yet) how tech can make a huge impact to solve these problems but there aren’t enough people working on it.