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Don Tapscott – Blockchain Revolution

Pleasure to’ve met Don Tapscott who shared some great insights on the Blockchain and I’ve already gotten hold of his book Blockchain Revolution — his must read book #TEDSummit

After the workshop with some great insights from all three TED speakers — some issues still remain — maybe after I get done reading this book and a number of articles I’ve been referred to by the TED speakers — I might have a more comprehensive position to share – for now I’m still 50-50 a great technology but it is still is a longways away from being the ultimate


POST EDIT – AFTER READING THE BOOK
August 9th 2016
Have enjoyed reading Don Tapscott’s book on the Blockchain Revolution — Its an amazing concept and has tremendous potential.  The idea is in its stage of infancy but sky is the limit – akin to being in 1995 of the computer / Internet revolution and then as they say it’s all historyQuestion remains, how can each industry or person customise the Blockchain concept for his / her own arena. FYI keep in mind Bitcoin is “an implementation” of the Blockchain – the fundamental basis is the Blockchain

Thanks to Faisal Khan for being my sounding board



Bow River at Banff — Canoing

Bow River — Banff — just before setting off on a 3 mile canoe ride up the river – Serene and breathtakingly beautiful with TEDFellows at #TEDSummit
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TED introduces 10 new podcasts on iTunes

Subscribing to one of the specially curated podcast channels means you will receive a weekly talk recommended by the TED team in the category of your choice: Art, Business, Education, Health, Kids + Family, Music, News + Politics, Science + Medicine, Society + Culture and Technology.

Definitely a must have selection for any avid podcast listener

http://itunes.com/TED – LINK



TED Blog: Fellows Friday with Awab Alvi

An interview of mine published on TEDBlog on Friday November 5th 2010, just sharing it here for reference.  This interview also included a new interactive feature for TEDFellows facebook page where a question was put up for discussion, the question asked from this interview was “Why do you think there’s a lack of media coverage about what’s going on in Pakistan, and how do you think we should change it?”

For years, orthodontist Awab Alvi has been an outspoken political activist via his blog, Teeth Maestro. With the onset of disastrous flooding in his native Pakistan this July, Awab traveled to the front lines, delivering food and supplies to flood victims. Though the after effects of the floods have caused personal family tragedy, Awab’s fierce love for and faith in his country make him optimistic about the future.
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Flood Relief Incident Reporting goes Live

The past seven days Faisal Chohan a TEDFellow has been feverishly working to establish an incident reporting website at http://pakrelief.crowdmap.com/ to monitor the flooding situation in Pakistan. This is technically a Ushahidi platform connected to an SMS shortcode allowing people with cell phones to give live updates of issue on the ground. Ideally this incident reporting portal should then be used by humanitarian relief organizations to adequately divert resources where needed.

To submit an incident all you need to do is sto end message Type FL “Your needs/ situation/emergency” and send it to FL 3441. It will cost the user Rs. 2.00 per message. You can also send the report to pkfloods@gmail.com or fill out this incident reporting form on the website. After proper verification of the incident which may even mean calling the incident reporter back it shall be shared with the world. Read more about his effort at the TED Fellows Blog. He is slowly ironing out the bugs with tremendous cooperation from the International community of technologists and an amazing team on the ground in Pakistan.




TEDx comes to Karachi

Many of you may have seen the brilliant work being done at TED.com, they are in the business of promoting “Ideas worth spreading”. I am overjoyed to update that TED is coming to Karachi in the form of TEDxKarachi on the 4th of June at the South End Club auditorium. This has been a tireless effort by Asad Rehman [TED Attendee], Sharmeen Obaid {TED Fellow], Dr. Awab Alvi [TEDIndia Fellow], Sumaira Jaffery, Meher Jafferi [Event Manager] and Hiba Ali Raza [Event Manager] who have worked hard for the past 2 months to put this event together.

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. What started in 1984 as a conference centered around Technology, Entertainment and Design (“TED”) has evolved to include a host of other disciplines, the driving philosophy being “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED’s diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Bono, Stephen Hawking and James Cameron.

In the spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading’ TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, inspiring live speakers and TEDTalks videos combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
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David Blaine talks about his journey into Human Endurance

TEDMED 2009 hosted a talk by David Blaine the magician, he talks about his progress in trying to break the world record for holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4.4 seconds, which he successfully did on Oprah’s show. This TEDMED talk is worth a listen as it shows his constant commitment to achieve the unimaginable


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