Yusuf Khan

Engineer, Eskom Holdinds Limited
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Mechanical Engineer by profession in the power generating industry. Love being active with sports and fitness related stuff. Avid reader of fantasy novels. The way things fit together and work has always intruiged me as the revelation of understanding is one of the most understated feelings i think that exists.

Languages

Afrikaans, English

Areas of Expertise

Mechanical Engineering

An idea worth spreading

A strong mind lives within a strong body. Technology isnt only about getting things to be done easier, but to actually get things to work faster so we can get more things done.The faster we develop technology to have a minimum influence on our everyday functions, the sooner we would get back to chilling around drinking coconut juice in the shade, while running our affairs at the same time.

I'm passionate about

Life and finding a reason for things to be.

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I am interested in so many more things that what i am currently involved with, but i donnot have the time to do it all. Any ideas to share?

People don't know I'm good at

Painting.Its always something i was passionate in but get caught up in life not to spend adequate amounts of time in.

My TED story

? none yet.

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Yusuf Khan
Posted 11 months ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
It's a pleasure sharing views. Fair enough, time and love does count, but money gets results as well. When would you say is a wealthy person spending enough for charity then? The guy with a health issue is of course an exclusion, so I'll state there are some exclusions, eg if a person has cerebral palsy. My point, you don't solve being poor by taking away from the rich. You solve it by empowering the powerless with tools such as education, responsibility, jobs and healthcare.
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Posted 11 months ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
Tax is a way for governments to get money, not people. People who don't know how to manage money eventually get swindled for it. Since not all accountants or worker would do the best to keep someone else s money safe. Lets just say that from the time history began, i do not know of a family which has exclusively had money through all their generations. Perhaps you know of some?
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Posted 11 months ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
LaMar, I'm sure you heard the line "a fool and his money are soon parted" I feel for the most of the time, this holds true, and the people with the better skills tend to manage getting the money, unless in cases where the previous generations made certain types of investments that even with less knowledgeable descendants, they will still have lots of money. If however, your forebears found ways to make money, and passed that onto theirs decendants, and further on down the generations, money would really only stay with them if it is sustainable. If not, other people would be able to get their hands on it. If you feel that people with money don't deserve it, their actions should take care of it, instead of a feeling that a person has that they don't deserve it. An example would be like the major mines that are owned by foreign owners all over Africa. Nowadays, the people are taking more of an initiative to keep the resources for themselves by introducing many other alternatives. This is happening in my country with the gold market.
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Yusuf Khan
Posted 11 months ago
What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?
reducing wealth inequality is like saying we want everyone to have the same intelligence. I think that you are looking at the wrong aspect of wealth, since people who work harder than others deserve what they work for. If it wasn't, people wouldn't work hard. What i think you should really concentrate on is perhaps the idea of increasing the minimum average income of the people. and this ties in with education, work and health. If its a Robin Hood scenario, things like this wouldn't work.
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Posted 11 months ago
For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?
Our countries education system is really terrible! i feel that its not cos of whats being taught in schools, but rather how its being taught and the inexperience /qualification of the teachers teaching it! a general culture of non-effort in school from both children and parents lead to the downfall in education from where i am. (South Africa)
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Posted 11 months ago
What's the point of novels?
i feel the point of reading novels are actually ways to stretch out our mind and flex our thought patterns into ways we could not conceive previously. A good example i can use to show this is one of a typical speech topic for children at school. Children who read novels tend to learn to express themselves better than children who go all out for the content part. and the difference is learnt from the well worn art of writing. this cannot be directly deciphered by a child in elementary school really yet, but then get a feel for it and apply the same logic to the way they handle things!
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Posted 11 months ago
What can we do to change education?
To change something we need to first know how it works fundamentally. The syllabus we get thought in schools are based on the way our minds as humans develop with time. This is not specific but a gross generalization! that's our first place to start! if we can cater to teach our children according to their specific developmental capabilities, i feel that we may have a solution to efficiently educating our children! the problem i do find with this is the problem of size, (that's the next problem) not enough teachers to children to attain this! this can in fact be aided by having the children's primary teachers (parents) take a more productive role in their education!
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Posted 11 months ago
Does Technology destroy our relationship with Nature?
perhaps so, but as i mentioned earlier, we need to look deeper till we find the interface with our environments! like for example, the solar panel recycling plant, how do we get the chemicals used to recycle them? does that have an effect on the environment? how much electricity do those places use to recycle the solar panels? to what state can the solar panels be recycled and how many times can we recycle them till we cannot anymore? I understand that in essence we cannot really change the fact that we affect our environments substantially, but atleast if we are less naive to the effects of our actions, we may strive to find ways to reduce this effect!