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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Diversity in Tech: Proximity is not Inclusion.

Proximity is not Inclusion.

On my LinkedIn profile picture I have a picture of myself standing outside my family’s village home. Our village home is in the outskirts hours away from the nearest metropolitan city and removed from most of life’s “first-world” conveniences, but to me it represents a part of me that makes me feel human.

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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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From Noise to Information

Information without context is noise. Noise is what we have everywhere. What separates noise from information is that we understand the noise — we have context about it.  A foreign language can be meaningless, just noise, but with the right context the noise becomes meaningful.  So how do we derive meaning from noise?

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Economies of Trust

Why trust matters
Trust is the basis of economic and social transactions. When a buyer pays a seller using issued currency, the seller, in good faith, trusts that they can redeem value for the currency. We trust that the money we receive can be used to pay for other goods and services.  When a friend goes out to the movies with another friend they trust their friend will not harm them during the entire social interaction. Trust underlies most of our interaction.

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The Age of Context

Internet technology continues to evolve and it seems we’re constantly flooded with too much information. Social media has been a great influencer in allowing the creation and sharing of information at a mass. Everyone is saying something, but what are they really saying..

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