Why you should learn to code

A programmable sytem on a chip (PSOC). A great intro to hardware + software.

In the Middle and Dark Ages only the elite and educated knew how to read and write. Fast forward a few hundred years later almost everyone can read and write.

In today’s ever increasing Digital World coding is becoming how we read and write. It’s becoming central to how we share ideas and create. Unfortunately only a few us us can code. Those of us who can code we’re NOT special, we’re not all super smart — we’re just ahead of the curve.

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How the Education System failed me as a Black Person of Color in STEM

It’s insane to me that my great great great great… great grandfather during the 6th century B.C.E may have been one of the Black priests who taught Pythagoras what is now miscalled the “Pythagorean theorem”. Crazier yet is although Pythagoras, in his own admission, spent more than 20 years in African temples learning Geometry from African priests this fact of history is glossed over in our education system. The obvious question is “why”?

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Learning through play

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering with BlackGirlsCode for in their “Build a Mobile App in a Day” Los Angeles workshop. I became more sold to the idea of involving more minorities to the tech field at early ages when I realized my grade school cousins were able to understand simply Python programming concepts I was explaining to them. I was impressed.

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Hacking the Human Condition

There’s a social and philosophical condition that affects and benefits us as homosapiens.  We’re able to think and act upon our thoughts. Each moment we live with the responsibility of being human and the irresponsibility of being human: our powers that allow us to act responsibly are the same powers that also allow us to act irresponsibly — This may lead to an unstable society and a somewhat dysfunctional world.  A naive and yet historical approach to prevent dysfunction and misuse of power might be to concentrate power amongst a select few.  However a brief look at current affairs reveals historic inequalities and foreshadows a bleak future should the concentration of power remain in the hands of a few.

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Good enough > Perfect

Imagine the most perfect human being (brilliant, beautiful, charming, pleasant, intelligent, faultless) — s/he doesn’t exist, yet you do. In your flaws, imperfections, you’ve managed to accomplish the greatest feat: Life, Existence. You’re here, you’re alive. Nature doesn’t favor perfect, nature favors good enough. Nature favors you and I.

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My Incentive to be Creative

Innovation is about technicality and creativity. Innovation is about Depth of understanding and Breadth of expression. Recently I talked about different incentive models for societies or individuals to participate in certain causes. Now I’ll put my incentive to create and innovate in words, as a sincere declaration of myself and a reminder to myself.

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Incentives, tools and challenges for Social Cooperation

As I continue working on “Aba” (news peer-to-peer) and Sintu (Crowdsourcing of African Oral Literature) I realize some challenges and promising incentives in getting people to participate ( social cooperation). Both these mobile apps rely on the users’ participation. The strength and utility of the mobile apps increases the more users adopt the apps. For any change to be done in society, for new discoveries to be made there must be incentive — but how is incentive created? Are there models for creating incentives? Can one incentivize society into a radical change?

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The Law: Right vs Wrong — The wrong question to the right answer

Sometimes laws are kept yet society still seems broken — jobs are scarce, wages are low, food is quite expensive, housing is hard to find, things  simply still go wrong. Whether it be corruption, tax loopholes, or social injustice it seems the law doesn’t always preserve right. What then is the purpose of the Law? Is the purpose of the law to determine what’s good or bad or what’s  right or wrong? I don’t think so. Certainly it must observable that the law is blind by nature, it cannot on its own determine between right or wrong. The law can only determine what’s legal or illegal. Legality, in practice, is different from morality.

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How technology can improve the state of the world – Kofi Annan

In his speech at the MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary, Anann addresses two key ingredients to improving the state of the world: Technology + Political will. These ingredients particularly hold true to the African continent which by the year 2050 will double its population to 2.4 billion. We shouldn’t be threatened by the growth and the pending challenges — technology (in particular infrastructure-free communication + big data) and adequate political (systems of accountability) are realistic means to improve the state of the world.

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