Carlos Carvalho

Media Intelligence Analyst, todo!
São Paulo, Brazil

About Carlos

Languages

English, Portuguese

An idea worth spreading

We live today in a society considered as a dystopia by someone living around 1930, just see Brave New World by Aldus Huxley. And we did that by our on device. We have chosen marketing and finance to guide almost every single major decision about this planet and how we would live in it.
Fortunately, as the Internet and technology brought us closer to each other and to real data and information about the world’s mechanics, we have the power to turn this around.
For a long time corporations got the media under their grasp and the later had no problems in guiding the population’s thinking to the highest bidding agenda. Now, the creativity and effort of some people, dedicated to the art of bringing imagination to the real plane gifted us with the power to break this cycle.
The job of today’s thinkers is to find new ways, everyday, to unplug this society from that state of inertia and show them that the exit from the dystopia is not that far away.

I'm passionate about

Music, design, technology, creativity and the human mind. Mixed together those subjects have the power to change everything we know about this world, and maybe other worlds.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
Is it the role of a craftman to be innovative?
I cannot call myself a craftsman, but I managed to know some in different fields: Teaching, Software Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering (mostly telecommunications), Music, Interior Design and others. Every single time, there was something that singled those people out from the pack: First, they would do the same work as anyone, but much faster and without errors. The second characteristic is that they would become so proficient in the "traditional" way of doing things that they would become able to introduce new details, procedures and ways of seeing the craft. The new forms weren't always better, but usually, through trial and error, impressive novelties would arise, causing awe in those around. So, from my point of view, the craftsman responsibilities would be (in an almost chronological fashion): To fully understand what needs to be done. To learn and master how it's done. Tho embrace why it is done in this way. Tho grow a deep conscience of all things that came before. To envision what can be done better. To try the new ways of doing and selecting the best ones and finally to pass this knowledge forward.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
Do you think we still need school?
That's a good reasoning wrapped in a not so fine question. Think of it in these terms: We don't need schools or do we need different ones? First, check the talks by Sir Ken Robinson http://www.ted.com/speakers/sir_ken_robinson.html He actually addresses this in a brilliant way. In sum (as I understand it):: The schools (educational system) can be viewed as a moribund child of the industrial revolution, killing creativity and dumping tonnes of "useless" rules and goals for people that might never use them. I agree with Sir Robinson's position, as in that we might need schools, but new schools, that respect individual goals and capabilities, that teaches not what might be important to engineers only, but what might be useful and interesting for each one of the students. The general disregard for arts and creation is a major problem, as is the academical "hierarchy" of sciences, defining what's "important or not" for everyone. The successful dropouts are usually successful in creating new things, in going against the norm, in shifting people's understanding of reality and what can be done in this world. That's the exact opposite of almost all the academic curriculum out there.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
Is Abortion good or bad???
My position on this, after thinking for some time on this issue is the following: Let's take the entity "abortion" aside for a little moment, let's face pregnancy. Pregnancy is the result of a human interaction, a very specific interaction that can be made at any moment in life, sometimes it is between two well established people that make this choice. Very often it's not, it's the result of a lack of reasoning from people too young, too poor, too unadjusted or it could even be forced. In the first case, the choice to have offspring (or I like to see it, the full expression of humanity, the reasoning in choosing the moment to procreate), the interruption of this process is a deep and sad trauma for whatever the reason is, so, it's not this kind of pregnancy we have to care about at this moment, right? Now, when this result comes from the second hypothesis, what really differentiates this unwanted, unbearable pregnancy from an infection? Thinking in a strictly logic way: At this situation we have a foreigner being using this woman's resources to grow. It's not her (half of the genes aren't) and the outcome is not the intended at first. I really do believe that in those cases, the situation is of an infection by a potentially highly intelligent life form, but an infection nevertheless as in the sense of an unwanted, detrimental form of life growing from the resources of another being. If we let aside any emotional or cultural weight, the decision is somewhat simple. And I know this is not the more popular view around, but as a father, I'm really convinced that any even slightly unwanted pregnancy should not be allowed to go forward for I shiver just imagining one of those little, fragile creatures in the hands of someone who utterly hates them or blames them for their own failure.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
How can i overcome my weakness?
I'll try to give you some kind of testimonial here: Overcoming this constructed "weakness" is a matter of firstly identifying that there's no such weakness. All people have flaws and qualities and we should invest in them. While growing up I felt somewhat like you, for my own motives, of course, my problem was that I was obese, and people humiliated me for that. I felt very angry for this, with myself and with other people. I became distanced and alone. Fortunately, my problem was an easy one to solve, but only when I became sure enough of my qualities. Before I stopped to look at my good, there was no energy to change, much because I was occupied hating myself. I don't know if this fits you, but in sum, you'll have to find yourself, to understand yourself and accept yourself in order to make any changes that you find necessary (and mind you, they're probably not the ones you think about today). Good luck friend, you can do it. Don't let people get you down.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we achieve gender equality?
And that is also my point. For things that could be done, the basis would be the assessment of equalities and differences inherent to the genders and make that baseline. Equal payment for equal productivity is a good example. Another priority thing would be to make certain that every right (constitutional, legal) should be applied equally to both (as also make sure that every responsibility would be distributed the same). Those are actions (not the only ones, just the initial ones) would be taken to take care of the equal aspects. Making affirmative health campaigns for both genders would be essential to take care of some of the differences, for instance. And finally, for both, to make sure that everyone is covered under the protection of the law, safeguarding the rights, acceptance, freedom and even the existence (sadly negated for women in many cases, in psychological and even physical levels) of both under the differences and equalities alike.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we achieve gender equality?
Of course not, on the contrary. Suffrage is one of the points in which man and women are equal, it's a trait (the capacity and right to make decisions) both genders share. That's actually my point, in the matters of things that can be considered equal or equivalent, there should not be difference, as for things that are different, there should be distinction, as in ma last phrase: "The constructive approach as I see it would be to make sure that woman and men are treated as the same for everything they share and that their differences must be respected and put into good use, making maximum room for both gender to flourish, share and collaborate." But for the counter-example, things that are different, something I find very fair in Brazilian's labor regulation: There's a very well defined limit for weight carrying and suspension for women, but there's no such regulation for man. This respects the different biology, protecting women from work-force abuse. I'm sorry if I couldn't make myself clear.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
How can students be interested in studying more?
In a nutshell: variety and context. Let's expand that a little bit: What's is this feeling of being interested in something? Usually it is related to be attached to something that is useful, right? I play the guitar, and find immensely interesting to see videos of great players explaining their techniques. My wife is an interior designer, she hates those videos. That's just because in that knowledge being presented I find things that I might be able to use to pursuit what makes me happy (playing new and more complex songs). To my wife, theres no use in learning all the possible inversions of an major seventh chord. Thats context, as put by others, you should look for that usefulness in your studies, even if a limited one, like "Oh, I can use this formula/theory to solve that kind of problem more easily". That will keep you motivated, now how to escape boredom? There's when variety comes into place. As I said, my wife designs interiors, and a very important part of that job is drawing vegetation. Now imagine that she's training with oaks. If she draws exactly the same oak over and over again, it will become boring very quickly. If she adds some variants to the oak (some smaller, some taller, some in color, some at night) it will be easier to get it going, and more, if she's really fed up with oaks, why not throw some bananas or roses in? Or brains tend to reject the sameness, we're used nowadays to have multiple things happening at the same time. Studying is nothing like that, so to make yourself productive while studying I suggest to get short spans of each subject one after the other. With time, those spans will enlarge and you'll be able to study more of each subject and even expand your attention to multiple subjects. That always helped me, hope it helps you too. Good luck!
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
How do we achieve gender equality?
This is surely a complicated question. For this I would like to cite (in an as close as possible translation) Ruy Barbosa's (Brazilian prominent state member in the turn of the 20th century) speech for a graduation ceremony of law students in 1920: "The rule for equality consists in nothing else than charge in unequal ways those who are different, in the measure of the amount of difference between them. In the light of this social inequality, akin to the natural inequality, is where one would find the real law to equality. Anything else is a delirium of jealousy, of pride or from madness. Treating with inequality those who are equal, or the different ones in an equal way, would be a preposterous inequality, and not real equality." I really think that this thought is very close to the matter at hand. The genders are fundamentally different in body constitution, brain functioning, behavior, needs and a lot of other important issues. The genders are also very equal in capacity to produce and think, feel and express and another myriad of subjects. With that, my thinking of gender equality should lay on the differences and similarities. There's no point in searching for perfect equality, for that would be unfair for both sides. The constructive approach as I see it would be to make sure that woman and men are treated as the same for everything they share and that their differences must be respected and put into good use, making maximum room for both gender to flourish, share and collaborate.
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Carlos Carvalho
Posted over 3 years ago
Where do you use math in your profession?
I work in IT, mostly with IVR (Interactive Response Units) design. My work is to understand how clients are using those systems through numbers! We collect usage data from every interaction and then we mix and match all the data through (usually basic) statistic models and use a lot of perception. "Is this prompt too long (as the client would become impatient?)" "Is this menu confusing? Where are the clients going?" "How can we improve the overall experience of the user?" "How can we tweak phrasing so it will result in better understanding of the companies process?" Those are questions that we try to answer every day. We gather data, treat it, count, group, calculate and forecast. The numbers gives us the power of being creative, but effectively, since we are able to test and prove the results of something that otherwise would be a guess. So, we try to understand this part of the world and people through many mathematical forms. Oh, and it's always awesome to know that you're changing (hopefully for better) this little aspect (how they connect with companies, have their problems solved, buy things and voice complaints) in the lives of millions of people each day.