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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide the funding and the research will be overseen by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. The past few decades have seen important progress in poverty alleviation and public health: 31 countries are currently classified as low income, down from 65 countries in 2001, and extreme poverty halved between 1990 and 2010. What about digital transfers to people in conflict zones so that they have the cash to buy food?” The research agenda is still being established, although it is likely to involve some combination of automation, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, energy generation and storage, and biotechnology.