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Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut

Patent and patent information specialist, Rouse & Co International


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Your favourite(s) TEDglobal 2013 talk?

As many of you may have attended or watched TED global 2013 online. Which talk you're looking forward to watch again as TED video? Which video is your favourite one so far? which one you're looking forward to translate?

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    Jul 16 2013: MY top three are: 1) Leslie Hazleton; 2) Eric X. Li; 3) Daniel Suarez. I actually think I found more enjoyment/entertainment value in other talks like: Raffaello D'Andrea. Those quad-copters are really cool! But I will briefly break down why I chose these three from last to first.

    3) Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot - Because of the way advanced projects are funded in the U.S.A., the most intelligent AI-robots will probably FIRST be developed by the Department of Defense for the battlefield. I do not think any other scenario is likely. Maybe the Japanese will perfect an autonomous 'nurse's aid' android first - but the first robots that might allegedly be able to THINK will fall under the purview of the Military. So this talk is ominously relevant in terms of understanding the shape of a very disturbing debate to come. Robot armies; robot mechanized warfare; robot scout drones; robot urban infantry; even robot police for curfew enforcement and suppression dissent/rebellion. Robots will play a troubling role in that in the future.
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    Jul 15 2013: Joseph Kim's heartbreaking account of life and death in the North Korean famine makes real the grassroot deficiencies of Communism. What a tremendous service Joseph, and TED, have made available to all who care to discover what lies beyond our comfortable coffee house table-talk. Joseph Kim candidly illustrates why human freedom matters.
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    Jul 13 2013: There is very little overlap, I believe, between those who attended TED Global 2013 and those who participate in TED Conversations. So until a talk is posted, most people here will not have seen it.
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    Jul 16 2013: MY top three are: 1) Leslie Hazleton; 2) Eric X. Li; 3) Daniel Suarez.

    1) Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith. Leslie Hazleton - gives a compelling talk. She is nowhere near the most riveting TEDspeaker. She does NOT make you want to stand up & cheer or applaud w/raucous enthusiasm at this or that revelatory remark or pithy comment! She speaks like a well-worn leather volume containing your favorite poetry. I also keep looking for a cigarette in the fingers of her dominant hand, but I never seem to find one.

    No! Lesley Hazelton has done something important in her two talks on Islam. She has 1) remade Mohammed into a relevant historic personality worthy of academic note; & 2) she has redeemed at least the TEDperception of the Prophet Mohammed as an innovative & insightful thinker who was far ahead of his time; who had a clear concept of human rights and humane values. Muhammed is deservedly the central figure in Islamic culture; much as Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of all Christian culture & tradition. Al Qada, and the Wahabbi militants who brought us the events of 9/11 left many of us in west thinking quite negatively about the Prophet & his teachings. The deaths of 3000 innocent Americans who suffered & died as brutally as they did on 9/11/2001 - on T.V.; would be expected to have that effect on public perceptions.

    Lesley Hazleton - has changed those negative associations for me dramatically. I have a downloaded copy of the Quran (& the Bible) on my computer. I also have other books, but I wouldn't have kept a copy of the Quran had Lesley Hazelton NOT left me believing that this books is 1) important; and 2) about a man whose thoughts and ideas were DEEPLY and Horribly misrepresented in the events of 9/11; as well as in the minds of the terrorists who perpetrated those horrible acts upon innocent civilians in the name of the Prophet Mohammed.

    I'd like to thank Lesley Hazleton for that here. If I choose only one; this one is it
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    Jul 16 2013: MY top three are: 1) Leslie Hazleton; 2) Eric X. Li; 3) Daniel Suarez.

    2) Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems - It is very clear to me that the world's next superpower will be China. Why? Because too many Chinese are willing to work a 60 hour work-week and earn a handful of pennies as their hourly wage. And the idea that this degree of sacrifice/productivity benefits not only the wage-earning worker but the Chinese economy as a whole. How might the Cold War ended had we seen something similar from the Russians?

    The Chinese have gone from the 'stone age' to the 'space age' in my lifetime! That event is unprecedented in human history. No one would have suspected that merging a Communist State w/limited/managed mercantile capitalism would have resulted in a miraculous outcome of this proportion. And absolutely NO ONE would have suspected ANY Communist State of ANYwhere near this kind of agility. They definitely know how to create a 'favorable business climate.' Yes, that skips over human rights abuses, child labor, & slave-labor in some places. But that you can read about elsewhere on TED (w/greater eloquence and intensity than I can deliver here).

    The only un-admitted 'advantage' that I see in both the EU and the USA are in the areas of 1) corruption; & 2) innovation. Elections, term-limits, & other such constructs make the fascist state much less likely as an outcome in modern democracies. Elections & term limits also limit corruption. Sometimes there is no better way to rid the state of entrenched "official" corruption - than to throw the present government out of office. The monolithic Chinese Communist Party does not do that. There is no 'outline' available as to how the Communist Party polices itself internally. And Eric X. Li admits that internal corruption is, in fact, a major issue.

    But I also find his point as to the Chinese Meritocracy deeply compelling if not persuasive. They do have 'skilled' leadership. That is a good thing