In this thought provoking TED Talk, Joi Ito narrates how a bunch of people were able to innovate by working on a Problem instead of waiting for someone to solve it.
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
If you are into Computers and haven’t heard of Linus Torvalds then you better do some lookup. To start with he gave us Linux and to add icing to the cake he created Git.
Recently I heard him talk in a TED interview and thought of sharing it. It’s a talk worth listening to. He is not a people’s person and likes to work in his quiet office, all by himself.
The part which sounded really interesting was his take on Visionaries and why he identified more with Edison than with Tesla.
I am not a visionary. I do not have a five-year plan, I don’t have a moon shot. I’m an engineer.
Listen him share his opinions.
How Barefoot College is impacting and transforming the life of women. Meet the Solar Engineers.
These are the lines spoken by Terri Trespicio at a TED talk where she recommends to stop searching for passion and start doing stuff. Can’t agree with her more.
Our society is plagued with this philosophy and this idea sells quite well. Not to say that its wrong but you loose out opportunities in this process.
Instead its way better to focus your energy on the job at hand.
It’s a very thoughtful and inspiring talk and I will highly recommend it.
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“If you can explain the WHY of things then that makes a huge difference to People’s Motivation. They understand Purpose. Process of Learning and how it should be. Make it interesting.” – Elon Musk
As Elon Musk has rightly said answer to the above question can be very useful to build and keep your interest to Learn something.
Elon also mentions the use of Gamification to make learning fun.
Here is a video in which Elon Musk talks about this and more at the Khan Academy.
Image and Video Source – Youtube – Khan Academy
I wrote a whole Post on this topic sometime back. You might benefit from reading that.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a $30 million competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon, travel 500 meters and transmit video, images and data back to the Earth.
Deepana Gandhi from India is leading one such team – Team Indus
16 teams are competing for this Prize Money. Here is a a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE
Here is an interesting talk from Thomas Suarez who has created some cool Apps and has also started an App Club at School, all at the age of 12 years.
A burka isn’t a cage, if you take off a burka it isn’t freedom. Freedom is in the mind.
Here is a wrap up of great articles I found worth reading from the internet this week
First of a series of conversations with some of the world’s most prominent experts on the global fight for free expression and the role that technology plays on both sides of the struggle.
Read about Shamsia Hassani who prefers the medium of graffiti art (a term no one has heard in Afghanistan before), and often paints over bullet holes.
View at Medium.com
Read Google’s Eric Schmidt exclusive article on how he sees artificial intelligence developing, why it is experiencing such a renaissance and where it will go next.
Read how a principal -Nancy Hanks – met a student she expelled, and it changed her approach to discipline.
The growing popularity of Android platform inspires many to take up Android App Development. But few persist to become good at developing quality Apps.
Ivan is someone who has been able to do just that. In his blog he shares how each of his App was instrumental to make him better.
For instance he writes that the one App that inspired him was a two-hour project.
Originally developed to make me a millionaire, once 1,428,571 users purchased the app as Google takes 30 cents out of every dollar, The Dollar App was made to test my merchants account.
Little did I know that years later I will receive an email from a happy mom stating that it was the best dollar that she ever spent since her boy was smiling every time my app gave him a hug.
Like wise every App he created has a Story to tell. His tips and advice is quite valuable to anyone who is considering App Development.
You can read the rest of the Article here.
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