What Artifical Intelligence can teach us about being human

The single-most fear human beings have of Artificial Intelligence is that one day, robots will outsmart us, turn against us, and destroy our world. The film industry has contributed immensely to cementing this fear and continues to exploit it with movies where the antagonist is an AI – whether a physical robot or a virtual one. Who can forget SkyNet, the virtual network that triggered … Continue reading What Artifical Intelligence can teach us about being human

Can women and girls rock digital tech? We believe they can

On September 9th 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed the company’s latest breakthrough product, “Apple Health”. It was proudly paraded promising the most comprehensive digital tracking of an individual’s health and wellbeing. From monitoring sodium intake to recording sleep cycles, it was tipped as a world’s first in its absolute breadth of tracked health data metrics. A game-changer in personalised healthcare, it aimed to empower … Continue reading Can women and girls rock digital tech? We believe they can

“Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Marcus. Do bots really need a gender?”

Stereotypes – be it gender or race – simplify complex human beings into limited key defining traits, effectively determining and streamlining how we interact with one other. They are in fact such a persistent feature in society that it is not unsurprising to find these stereotypes – gender, in particular – still perpetuated in the artificial intelligence bots that have been produced over the years. Continue reading “Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Marcus. Do bots really need a gender?”

GOONJ

GOONJ is a social enterprise that seeks to make clothes a matter of concern. Cloth embodies dignity and protection. It motivates and reiterates powerful positive perceptions of self and pride. Above all, it is a basic need and a necessity. While sporadic cloth collections are not uncommon during periods of humanitarian disasters, there are few organisations like GOONJ that focus on bridging this divide on a more systematic, developmental level. I spoke to founder Anshu Gupta on the social enterprise’s beginnings, challenges overcome and lessons learnt. Continue reading GOONJ

ROWAN : A second chance for those with AIDS

ROWAN (short for Rural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network) is a faith-based organisation that aims to uplift the lives of Ugandan widows and orphans through an all-encompassing approach that meets the physical, spiritual and social needs of the communities they serve, thereby improving their quality of life. I spoke to co-founder Kelsey Young to find out more about the organisation’s efforts told through the human interest stories of some of its beneficiaries. Continue reading ROWAN : A second chance for those with AIDS

SHOKAY

Shokay is a social enterprise that brings together the world of fashion, sustainability and community. It is the world’s first lifestyle brand focused on using yak fibres sourced directly from Tibetan herders, enabling them to earn a sustainable living and maintain their traditional lifestyle. I spoke to founders Carol Chyau (28) and Marie So (31) to find out what inspired them to create Shokay, the lessons they’d learnt in their journey and where they are headed. Continue reading SHOKAY

Harnessing IT in the giving process

The MIRA Foundation boosts a platform that facilitates grassroots philanthropy, leveraging on the interconnection between three existing proven models – micro-scholarships, Web 2.0 non-profit and social platforms – into an online scholarship fund. I spoke to founders Jens Thang, Simon Tam and Sara Ortega to learn more about how philanthropy meets technology through their innovative method. Continue reading Harnessing IT in the giving process

Why more men should do yoga – Yolo Yoga Zurich founders weigh in

Not too long ago, men were a rarity in yoga studios. Yoga had an inaccurate reputation for being a women’s form of exercise (think aerobics and zumba) that was not vigorous enough to challenge men. In recent years, following the likes of famous male celebrities such as Adam Levine, Ironman’s Robert Downey Jr. and David Beckham, more men are flocking to yoga studios to reap … Continue reading Why more men should do yoga – Yolo Yoga Zurich founders weigh in

Going digital lets you play doctor

Dependence on digital technology to improve personal health is a growing phenomenon. Is there an app for that? Last winter, I came down with a burning fever and spent the weekend drifting in and out of a self-medicated stupor. I don’t remember much of those two days, except the fifteen minutes I had spent downloading apps that promised to accurately take body temperature (if you place your finger … Continue reading Going digital lets you play doctor