using technology to solve problems in developing nations.

This multipronged framework will use information technology as its core driver to enhance lives of those in developing nations. It provides a framework so that those living below the poverty line are able to get access to basic needs, health care and create awareness to the international community. This model is not new but it does have some personal input to its viability and sustainability. This will create avenues for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. Before we continue, we must first define the three triangles. Working in the ‘rule of three’ keeps a systematic process simple and its simplicity to handover.

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your business partner. your friend. your family.

Every hand shake, every nod on the street and every interaction; may all lead to social capital.

Have you ever noticed someone consistently as you routinely traveled to your coffee shop for a nice cup of Latte and many months later happen to meet that same person a networking event? -And of course the obvious choice of topic will be the wonderful coffee served at that particular coffee shop. That in itself is social capital accumulation! Our basic interactions in our everyday lives tend to fuel future economic transactions. But how does family bonding fuel economic transactions?… Well, besides the obvious example of family businesses; when your family goes for family gatherings or dinners at a restaurant that a family friend had recommended, that in it self is a great example of how the effect spirals and fuels economic transaction, as one may argue that one who has no family would not normally go out for a family dinner. Continue reading

social capital: at what point does it hurt.

….Continued referencing from the Manpower research; social capital has always existed and been the driver of economic prosperity. Some argue that it can not exist without the provision of certain rights that institutions provide. But was there not a period where there was no such institutions in place and we were forced to trade based on ‘trust’ or ‘social capital’?

“…In the Human Age, we have become all-day networks, able to act or respond immediately to many different situations. A business deal that begins in Tokyo on a Monday for a global corporation may continue uninterruptedly for days and involve employees and consultants from multiple time zones. Ideas may come from one-time economic outposts or collaborations between people who never meet but know each other virtually…” Continue reading

technology advancing faster than the human mind.

Could it be that technology innovation is increasing at a rate faster than that of the human mind? We can all agree that there are constant innovations all the time when is comes to technologies. But can engineers and institutions that teach engineering keep up with these technology advances? A recent study released by the Manpower in Singapore has revealed that we are moving to a human age and illustrated the importance of technology advancement, especially in the realm of Social Media. Continue reading

only in shanghai [3 wheel service]


*click – taxi!

a quick and easy way to get between places is this little guy. the passenger sits in the back behind the curtain. which begs the question of whether people actually fall out from behind! -it sure does not look safe and hence we did not take one!

but also, it is interesting to consider that locals can either take a proper taxi that goes by the meter, a little vehicle (as such from the picture) that follows a pre determined fixed price, a car service that acts like a taxi but requires a pre determined fixed price, buses and metro lines. There are numerous methods for locals to travel around the area.

wouldn’t it be easy to monopolise such services? -various customers will take various modes of transport that would be most appropriate. For example, one would with more luggage would take a proper car, however one with less luggage would take a smaller taxi. Thus it is easy to manipulate such items to the taxis’ advantage. Knowing that a certain type of customer that requires a larger boot space to move their goods, the taxi drivers are able to charge a ‘premium’ on inception of the fair (given that the taxi is not metered) as the customer will have no other option.

thus, there are incentives for the various types of taxis target various types of customers and openly reject others.

and here we thought that numerous numbers of taxis on the street with give the community competition that should’ve brought down the price of taxis…

the value of life increases in this global village.

An article about unsafe abortion rates was released by the economist; Daily chart: Global abortion rates | The Economist. It distinctively reveals that abortion rates have diminished over time. Although the rests and methodologies may be question, prima facie, it would appear that world citizens have more value for health.

Why associated with ‘world citizens’? Well, because it is apparent that the world is globalising and we must consider that there are economic spillovers of technologies, particularly, medical technologies that allow safer methods of abortions. The constant evolution of medical technologies allows people live longer and ‘repair’ themselves to ensure longevity.

Although abortion rates have gone down, % of unsafe abortions are still relatively high for the world’s standard, 49%. Imagine, almost half the time an abortion is carried out, it is an unsafe procedure. Even though the world is growing safer (with medical technologies), there is still such a high level of abortion? What factors may affect this? Culture? perhaps a young girl who got pregnant cannot afford to have a child but is also worse off if her parents new about it as she will be viewed as ‘tainted’ and ‘not-marraige’ material. Prices? abortions can be a hefty expense that youths may not be able to afford. Hence it would be much cheaper to get a ‘back alley’ fix.

There are many remedies to this, such as loans or free clinics. But even then, clinics are linked together indirectly through the networks of doctors. One may still not be free from the secrecy of the procedure. Abortion is an ethical and more often than not a religious debate. It is definitely a tricky subject. Nonetheless, let us be realistic and accept that it still does happen. -Society needs to find a way to proper regulate the secrecy of youths. Besides the physical trauma that the female suffers, there are numerous emotional concomitants that go along with it.

If the government is able to standardise a national level institution that carries out this procedure, perhaps we can increase the amount of safe abortions that occur. For example, illicit drugs is illegal in Australia, however, the local authorities still provide ‘special rooms’ for drug users to safely administer drug to themselves. Wrong? perhaps ethically, however, imagine the positive impacts; such as reduce spread of diseases.

We can be idealistic and try and ‘stop’ and ban opinionated prejudice views of certain actions of people, or wake up realise reality and realise that these things will happen regardless of regulations, laws and efforts otherwise and create a safe, empowering environment for these to occur. We can change society by listening to what people need first. Accommodate it and empower those who need help.

Book: weed out the weaklings?

Book: American Policy by Clarke Cochran.

A excerpt from his book,

“…the best single predictor of educational achievement is the academic achievement level of one’s parents. Thus, to best engineer quality of educational achievement, the state would have to specify that only educated people would be allowed to reproduce…”

Seems far fetched? it is ludicrous to even think that only the educated population will be allowed to reproduce. However, before we jump into conclusions, let us consider our society.

China already has a one child policy. Most high skilled jobs require a minimum of a bachelors degree and the concomitant of a good lifestyle and financial stability along with it. Indirectly our society and population are stopped or indirectly regulated from doing things if he/she does not have the appropriate education. Even with the right education, we are still hindered in doing certain things that we might be good at or getting a job that is well suited for you.

So would it be such a terrible regulation to have ONLY educated people to reproduce. Will there be an appropriate balance? what level of education will qualify for pregnancy? Does this mean that your education certification is also the same piece of paper that will allow you to reproduce?

But we must consider relativity in this matter. A high school graduate is not considered educated in this day, well at least not appropriately educated. A degree holder has more credibility, however, if only degree holders have the right to reproduce, overtime, everyone will become educated at least at a degree level and thus ‘no one is educated’ in some sense! Imagine this, if every single person in the world is a degree holder, than everyone will be at the same level and the ‘marginal betterment’ of having a degree will not constitute the right to reproducing anymore.

Imagine the ramifications. There will be a black market for giving birth (there already is). ‘Educated’ people can foster a business that reproduces and sell their babies to those that are not entitled to have one! I can say that certain religious institutions will be welcoming to the idea ‘birth control’.

The possibilities are endless. And this regulation is possible in the future. We hope that maybe we will not have to see that future.

how foreign are we?

EDB cautiously optimistic about outlook for 2012

“…cautiously optimistic…”??

Doesn’t the term ‘cautiously’ negate the positive meaning of ‘optimistic’ in this context?

  • SGD$11.7billion in investment commitments
  • 20,300 skilled jobs
  • Above the forecasted 16-19k jobs
  • $7.3billion – total business spending
  • $15.5billion added value – arm how? may I please ask?

All sounds good? -no doubt these numbers will make the reader smile at first glance.

If we can assume that SOME investments, (if not most) are foreign investments, these investors will be bringing their money over to Singapore to develop.
Sounds good yes, however, what do we know about rich people? Wealthy people like to keep their money close to them, that is trust people they know.
Hence, they are going to bring people they know over to manage these investments. Where does that leave the locals?

Can we really say that those 20,300 jobs will be directed toward locals? How many % is the actual that locals will make up of that number?

How foreign are we?

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