Technology is not just impacting rural communities: It's empowering them. By embracing innovation, rural residents can unlock a future of economic opportunity, improved education and health care, and enhanced connectivity.

3D Printing











3D printing homes and beyond
Imagine a future where affordable, sustainable homes are accessible to all, regardless of location.

3D printing technology is making this dream a reality, allowing rural communities to construct eco-friendly houses and agricultural structures in a matter of days, significantly reducing costs and environmental impact. This extends beyond housing, encompassing custom-designed barns, irrigation systems and even educational facilities, all tailored to specific needs and printed onsite.











Revolutionizing rural transportation
In 2024, we can continue to see more advanced self-driving tractors navigate fields with precision, freeing farmers from manual labor.

Imagine self-driving trucks streamlining the delivery of agricultural products, optimizing resource allocation and boosting efficiency. This technological leap will alleviate labor shortages, enhance productivity and revolutionize rural transportation, impacting not only farmers, but also the wider supply chain.










Bridging the knowledge gap
Augmented reality (AR) is poised to bridge the rural-urban education gap.

Imagine aspiring farmers attending virtual farm tours, gaining hands-on experience without leaving their homes. Picture AR-powered training manuals guiding technicians through complex repairs, reducing downtime and ensuring efficient machinery operation.

This technology has the potential to improve access to knowledge and skills, empowering rural communities to develop and thrive.










The connected farm
The Internet of Things is transforming agriculture into a data-driven industry. Smart sensors will monitor soil moisture and nutrient levels, providing farmers with real-time insights to optimize irrigation and fertilization. Imagine drones surveying crops for disease and pests, enabling proactive interventions and minimizing losses.

This interconnectedness empowers farmers to make informed decisions, maximize yields and minimize their environmental footprint.










Beyond farm and field
The technological revolution extends beyond agriculture, impacting various aspects of rural life in 2024:
• Remote work revolution – High-speed internet and collaboration tools enable rural residents to access a wider range of work opportunities, from freelance gigs to remote positions with global companies.
• Telehealth and health care access – Virtual consultations and remote monitoring technologies ensure rural residents receive quality health care, regardless of location.
• Education redefined – Online learning platforms and virtual classrooms offer access to accredited degrees and educational resources, empowering lifelong learning.
• Small business growth – E-commerce platforms and online marketplaces provide rural entrepreneurs with the tools to reach wider audiences and expand their businesses.

As 2024 unfolds, the future looks bright for rural living, and technology is the key that unlocks its potential.
MarloMarlo Anderson, the “Guru of Geek,” is a serial entrepreneur, global speaker and futurist based in Mandan. He hosts the Tech Ranch, a popular national tech talk show, and garners publicity almost daily as founder of the National Day Calendar, a platform with a social media reach in the hundreds of millions. He also speaks about the future of technology and other topics to classrooms, startups and companies. Find him at