Altova GmbH
Vienna, Wien, Austria

About Akira

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English, German, Japanese

Areas of Expertise

Computational Linguistics, Web Design, Database Programming, Programming, Translations, Interpreting (English Japanese)

I'm passionate about

- Getting to know new people and ideas
- Exchanging thoughts with others
- Learning new languages
- Various keyboards (my favorite is one from Kinesis)

My TED story

A friend of mine introduced me TED and its translation project. My first impression was it seemed interesting. The more I got to know this project, its translation project has become fun and worth using my time and energy.

I was (and am) always looking for ways that I could use my language skills to contribute to the society. So far, the TED seems to be the most promising one. I'm glad I got to know this project and happy to be involved.

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Comments & conversations

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Posted over 3 years ago
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
As World becomes more inter-connected, I think variety of thoughts (idea, characteristics, etc) is preferred to monoculture in a society. Having said that, I agree that women's playing more role at top-level in an organization could makes more benefits in the society. The talk seemed, however, that the current ratio of both genders in C-suit is attributed only to social traditions (or way of our thinking). Some argue it can be coming from genetic point (cf. "The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap" by Susan Pinker). Although I would certainly not think everything comes from genes, this aspect could have been brought up as well. I have also failed to see where the number "50%" in the talk actually came from. I think our first task is to admit and spread the idea (or consensus) that there is, at least to certain extend, differences on genetic level (as many studies pointed out). Setting up a big goal with concrete number could instead lead to a reverse discrimination.