Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tech leaders warn of killer robot arms race - FT.com#axzz3h5ISm9oM

Interesting to see this on the front page of the FT as Ive been following this and Jody Williams work for a few years:




Tech leaders warn of killer robot arms race - FT.com#axzz3h5ISm9oM




Big names wading in which is good!




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The intervention by more than 1,000 experts in the field of artificial intelligence came in an open letter, which was also signed by Professor Stephen Hawking, the cosmologist, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, and Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple.




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http://www.stopkillerrobots.org/spokespersons/




First caught onto JodyW after hearing her on an RSA audio interview, amzing women, one of the Nobel laureates http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/meet-the-laureates/jody-williams/ do to her work that lead to the banning of land mines!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Philipp Gruissem: “Brainpower is Money” : CalvinAyre.com

An updated audio interview with Philipp follow the one I posted a year or so ago




includes reference to Peter Singer’s new book: The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is
Changing Ideas About Living Ethically.





Philipp Gruissem: “Brainpower is Money” : CalvinAyre.com

#RespectForCarter

This is massive progress for the world #RespectForCarter


http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html


The learning that comes from this for other diseases alone justifes the praise let alone the direct impact this one disease would have had if it hadn't been targeted!


#RespectForCarter Not to mention his other great work http://theelders.org/about

Syriza’s covert plot during crisis talks to return to drachma

They are probably right to want to go it alone, that should have happened long ago.

Problem is they are not wedded together but hand cuffed together now.

Who is going to make Greece succeed and who is going to take the credit?




Syriza’s covert plot during crisis talks to return to drachma - FT.com#axzz3gtSdUiFJ




By 2020 it will be clear if Greece and the Euro remain in tact!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ugandan Women Mean Business

From MDG3 to SDG5 and all the other 17 goals, this is an interesting story. How representative, inclusive and global it is will be interest to observe over time!




Ugandan Women Mean Business - Al Jazeera English


Tsipras secures backing of Greek MPs for crucial reforms - FT.com

Along with the referendum and the resignation before the vote, Im not sure if the greek parliament are signing up to make this work or accept its imposition and then happy to see it fail again. Is it a phoenix or a politician that will rise from the future ashes or hopefully there will be no ashes just a new approach to getting this fixed! Im still not convinced!




Tsipras secures backing of Greek MPs for crucial reforms - FT.com

Corbyn taken aback by support for him to become Labour leader - FT.com

The fact that the labour supporters can surprise its own leadership is no surprise to many of us.

The fact that so few serious candidates came forwards and one famously backed out suggests they know they have about as much chance at the next election as the one just gone, who ever leads. However the one after that they should win, then the party will have to make sure they have the leader they all want.

I think Labour needs to go with its people, then they will represent an authentic choice and alternative, not just be an also ran going for the populist approach without differentiating themselves on policy they really stand for as opposed to wrapping one set of policies with a blanket pretending to be something else. IMHO!




Corbyn taken aback by support for him to become Labour leader - FT.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up.

On going story, will be worth watching this on the road to 2030 from a development perspective!




Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED

Austerity-hit Ireland debates how to spend extra €1.5bn - FT.com#axzz3gWDmzPCA

From Greece to China, from Brazil to Russia, from France to Germany and From USA to UK the asymmetry is so interesting to watch unfold, or is it!




Austerity-hit Ireland debates how to spend extra €1.5bn - FT.com#axzz3gWDmzPCA




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/675b99c4-2f9b-11e5-91ac-a5e17d9b4cff.html#axzz3gWDmzPCA UK

Rocket Internet enters London’s living space race - FT.com#axzz3eoTFfOZJ

Rocket Internet enters London’s living space race - FT.com#axzz3eoTFfOZJ




I have to confess to thinking its all got a little crazy with the price and space elements of the most desirable cities!




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1e644482-2159-11e5-ab0f-6bb9974f25d0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3gWDmzPCA




especially as it wont last!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future - The Washington Post

A substantive and comprehensive read!




The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future - The Washington Post

Greece 2016, 2017, 2020

For a small population and simple economy they have so many great products to sell, especially in the food and drink area and so many reason to attract tourists if not foreign capex and opex investments, the modest lives of Greek people can be transformed for sure!


I hope the Greek people can show some transformational leadership bottom up or top down, without it they will exit the Euro before 2016 and if not, definitely before 2017 and then the rest of Europe will sail along as usual in the game between France and Germany and who knows perhaps Greece will then be out performing them by 2020.


As posted on FB this day 21/07/15

Thursday, July 16, 2015

French gadget-makers pour into the ‘internet of things’ - FT.com

Interested to see France second only to USA on innovation for IoT, worth checking out some of the product idea and companies!




French gadget-makers pour into the ‘internet of things’ - FT.com

Friday, July 10, 2015

ODA and Global Humanitarian Assistance

United Kingdom - Global Humanitarian Assistance




There is some amazing national, regional and global data out there:




http://newirin.irinnews.org/the-humanitarian-economy




and great visualisations and interactive charts:




http://www.compareyourcountry.org/aid-statistics?cr=oecd&lg=en#





Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Nadella clears out senior staff at Microsoft - FT.com#recommended-h-776921436367526900

First:

Nadella clears out senior staff at Microsoft - FT.com#recommended-h-776921436367526900

now this today 8/7/15:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2ef54856-2577-11e5-bd83-71cb60e8f08c.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3f6NsBdQA




Microsoft and the phone, please don't hang up some are saying!




I left Microsoft in 2000 to investing in a small hosting business and a mobile middleware provider because I saw the opportunity and just didn't feel Microsoft got it. We worked hard on them from outside, that was punishing inspite of us making more progress than most our size. Talking with Nokia and Microsoft in tat period 2000-2005 it was obvious they thought they were in it, clearly they were not. Oh to be so big that you can waste billions and who cares!


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Nick Horslen

Nick Horslen check out my FB posts on 7/7 incl Lennon, Healthforall, TB, Polio, Greece and more!

Global Poverty Drops Sharply, With China Making Big Strides, U.N. Report Says - The New York Times

Global Poverty Drops Sharply, With China Making Big Strides, U.N. Report Says - The New York Times

Yes, We Can Solve Global Problems: Here are 10 Facts to Prove It | United Nations Foundation

Yes, We Can Solve Global Problems: Here are 10 Facts to Prove It | United Nations Foundation

Statesmanship and the Greek Crisis by Jeffrey D. Sachs - Project Syndicate

Statesmanship and the Greek Crisis by Jeffrey D. Sachs - Project Syndicate

Monday, July 06, 2015

1945 to 2015

Greece and Spain helped postwar Germany recover. Spot the difference | Nick Dearden | Comment is free | The Guardian

Turning gold into lead another greek story teller!

Angela Merkel has a red and a yellow button. One ends the crisis. Which does she push?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/06/yanis-varoufakis-angela-merkel-crisis-global-minotaur-capitalism-europe

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Truth from Trust" Bitcoin to Blockchain

As always the value flows up and down the stack, where will it flow next




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/764aed26-198a-11e5-8201-cbdb03d71480.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3eXOTbe4E




the video is real cool!




#axzz3eXOTbe4E

The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Interesting on all front including the charity side




The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Defense of Being Average

Get over it and enjoy yourself, after all no one is more brilliant at being you than you!




"Which leads to an important point: that mediocrity, as a goal, sucks. But mediocrity, as a result, is OK."




In Defense of Being Average

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

A rolling update on the Generation Y thinking of recent years, not that ive posted much in that area for a while, see the MGMT video animation and other previous posts!




Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

Monday, June 22, 2015

Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Some excellent quotes from the man of the moment in EA!




Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

One to watch this year and decade when you consider the authors! #action2015




Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

Monday, June 15, 2015

Triple bottom line quest had to lead to 2015, roll on 2030

I started the TBL journey over ten years ago, this year it all seems to be coming together, thank goodness #action2015




http://theelders.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/y/0CB37FCD82D37920/4C3FD3A6D9A623A20F8C96E86323F7F9




http://theelders.org/climate-change?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter+Mary+Robinson+June+2015&utm_content=Newsletter+Mary+Robinson+June+2015+CID_2f74c814890aa1300d5518f6f8467827&utm_source=Campaign%20monitor&utm_term=climate%20justice




July - Addis Adiba

Sept - NY UN GA

Nov _ Paris COP21


#action2015 a year to watch unfold and then track the path to 2030

▶ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General - YouTube Addis in July

to NY in Sept https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html and Paris in November http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/unfccc-cop-21/ there is so much to do in one year.




The UK has it first public push on this from citizens and parliament on Wednesday 17 June, lets hope leadership everywhere is shown!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare

The future arrives one day at a time and that is where we live our lives. Reading this is a good reminder about which seeds will grow, who will know, when will we know.




Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare




Knowing the future is not like knowing the past, the past will be retold but the future will be real, will be lived, for a day!

Monday, June 08, 2015

50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes

50 cents can make such a difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pOnqKGTP2Y via http://endtheneglect.org/




But I know 50Cent was bottled off the stage when he performed at Reading Festival, due to his gang land and misogynistic behaviour so while these stories are good, its wrapped in product endorsements without sizing the contribution, so I say good on him 50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes but lets keep what Zizek and others say about real charity, real philanthropy and product endorsing worlds of change or progress or profit or what https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7g

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

Think about it, who are the happiest people getting on with their lives, those that give some, a little or a lot or those that give almost nothing?




Great discussion to listen to here from the world of Effective Altruists




▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business

Keeping different perspectives in mind when talking poverty, relative or absolute.




Worth reading to see the narrative:




The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business




However where needless deaths, preventable deaths keep family sizes high, keep educational access low and economic growth beyond reach its not easy to see a finishing line and the sense of a notional target.




www.zeropoeverty2030.org




add to that not everyone has access to sufficient nutrition, healthcare and education so needing a hand up not hand out makes a lot of sense.




Watching infant mortality, school completions, health care development and economic growth along with good governance, transparency and accountability within countries will take us a long way in 15 yrs.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Walk on by, the child can die!

Did you see a child dying one day and walk on by?


Can you save a needless death, a preventable death? You Can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsIdBanynY

Nothing left to say on tax - FT.com

"  By international standards, Britain is not overtaxed. With stretched public services and a budget deficit that gapes like a mortal wound, the state must take a bit more money from most people for the sake of most people. This means something like a higher standard rate of income tax. Merely squeezing some remote sect called The Rich will neither generate enough revenue to make a difference nor honour the principle of solidarity. Borrowing is no answer. These tawdry ruses imply the welfare state is only worthwhile if others pay for it.   "




" This argument is tantamount to self-immolation. Any Labour leader who made it would forfeit the next general election, if she or he were not laughed to oblivion before getting that far. Even Ed Miliband said nothing like it during the five-year tour of leftwing orthodoxies that ran into the ground at last month’s general election. Voters do not wish to pay more tax and do not assume the tax they already pay is a proxy measure of their goodness as people. "




I don't think Labour will have a strong leader for years, they might develop from the current election but I suspect a paradigm shift will be needed first.




Labour has nothing left to say on tax - FT.com




Taking so many people out of tax at the bottom IMHO reduces democracy to a place where the majority do not feel they can hold the politicians and burocrats to account because they don't pay. It will come that lower rates of income tax will be the means to solve social costs and ignite interest in politics again, but not for a while, sadly!




If the economy and state services are not correctly sized, funded and made sustainably effective by growth then the battle ahead will hot us in very interesting ways, I hope it will be based on policy and pragmatism not just political opportunism and political narratives from and into corners.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Global inequality: Some good news for development economists | The Economist#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15

From the link below, some useful indicators for the future, especially in the year of #action2015 and with the drive with the SDG's to #zeropoverty2030:











WE'VE been pointed towards this interesting chart, from a new paper by two economists at the Peterson Institute, a think-tank. It shows that development economists have much to be cheerful about. The chart shows the estimated global per-capita income distribution at three years: 2003, 2013 and 2035. From 2003 to 2013, global income inequality fell. There were fewer people bunched at extreme levels of poverty. The Gini coefficient of global inequality fell from 69 in 2003 to 65 in 2013. And median income rose from about $1,000 to $2,000 in just ten years.

The authors of the paper, Thomas Hellebrandt and Paolo Mauro, think that the next twenty years will be even better, largely thanks to rapid growth in emerging-market economies. Hundreds of millions will be lifted out of abject poverty due to strong growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. And as China's economy continues to expand, consumption patterns of people living there will start to look more like those in the West. As a result, the two economists expect global income inequality to continue to fall.




Global inequality: Some good news for development economists | The Economist#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe | Talk Video | TED.com

One of my themes has been tracking visualisation, so here goes:




Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe | Talk Video | TED.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening | Comment is free | The Guardian

This is a good article for me, it shows how the Guardian are trying to position themselves in the light of the last Labour defeat and the proof that they and Labour mis understood their readers and the wider public and they want to find face in shifting their rhetoric.




It shows the nature of a created symbolic order formed by words, it shows what is being signified and what the signifiers are and it tries to present a case of a road that others are going down that they do not think they should, or at least that's how I read it.




How does the scenario of economic development lift people out of poverty, where and why does it start, how is momentum gained, at what point are the brakes applied or thye direction or rules changed.




Is this a supply driven or demand driven thing, do people what to buy Chinese stuff no, do they want sweat chops no, who is selling and who is buying what. I think it points to micro equality and ethics being driven upwards and macro inequality and ethic being imposed downwards. At some stage it normalises, by who and how. I don't think the left or right now, I think its down at the people level and of course there are many forces and effects there. Helping everyone is never easy but critical to be effective for the most people and ensure no one is left behind. No real answers in this link but the thinking divide is clear:




How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening | Comment is free | The Guardian

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Technology helps feed a hungry world - FT.com

From food to conflict and human migration, this is a good read on technology lead change and the role of mobiles, drones etc etc




".....................Mobile technology also facilitates the delivery of new forms of food assistance. By transferring cash or vouchers to people via their mobile phones, for example, relief agencies can go beyond simply delivering food and support local food suppliers.

Meanwhile, Global Pulse, another UN organisation, is using mobile technology to track patterns of human behaviour, helping improve the efficiency of humanitarian responses. “We’re looking for data out there that can help us understand what people are saying related to food security,” says Robert Kirkpatrick, Global Pulse’s director.
Social media are one source of useful information. For example, tracking Twitter complaints about having to pay too much for food can provide signals that people are struggling financially to feed their families adequately.

Additionally, by analysing the calls made through various cell phone towers, it is possible to track the movements of communities in the wake of conflict or natural disasters such as droughts, helping agencies to make faster, more accurate decisions on where to deliver food supplies.

Digital technologies are also helping improve the efficiency of farming. The available tools range from sensors and video cameras to drones and satellites. These technologies are what make “precision agriculture” possible, bringing scientific rigour to farming. .........."







Technology helps feed a hungry world - FT.com

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jim O’Neill takes Treasury post for infrastructure and devolution - FT.com

Smart move with the focus ive seen over the years on antimicrobial strategy as well as regional development and economics




Jim O’Neill takes Treasury post for infrastructure and devolution - FT.com

Goodreads | Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes (Author of Phenomenology of Spirit)

Goodreads | Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes (Author of Phenomenology of Spirit)




Id love to find the quotes of those who today suggest one or other is left or right or extremist. What are the best quotes from people at either end of the spectrum, I suggest the best quotes are from people not on that spectrum but free. Today I believe many of us are free and can be free, much more so than in the past, but some choose not to be and that's all the way up and down the social spectrum.

Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

And through the crossing the chasm and minding the gap the issue of disruptive thinking and even the concepts of akrasia and risk taking comes into this: leadership, avoiding nepotism and narcissism while leveraging any of the benefits they bring.




Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

Diffusion of innovations

The roots of Crossing the Chasm and the impact of leadership and behaviour change in markets and social and societal contexts is now very clear!




Diffusion of innovations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, May 08, 2015

#Election2015 result

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32633099

The polls were wrong, although the exit poll pretty good.
The pundits were wrong.
The parties departing either new it and deceived or were deluding themselves by their nepotistic and narcissistic habit.

It was on the cards, due to the economic data, the lack of policies by the opposition and the fact that the UK public are not fools and want leadership and answers not just a narrative and attempts to make a smell stick somewhere else.

Lots of people dreading the next 5 yrs, we will see. The conservatives and SNP are now fully accountable and come 2020 they and the majority will know it!