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About Me

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and as a 10-year old my main goal was to become a wacky inventor like Gyro Gearloose. To be hones, teens were mostly spent on pen-and-paper RPG:s like Dungeons&Dragons, after that I did a boatload of club photography for a while covering the Stockholm Industrial/Goth scene. Lately it's more stuff like craft beer, travelling the world to climb or scuba dive, and immersing myself in geek culture. I run a monthly nightclub in Stockholm where people can dance to chiptunes, drink beer and play with vintage video game consoles. Professionally I own a small computer consulting firm in Stockholm and commute to Hong Kong where my wife works with technical design for a Swedish fashion company. I would give it a 25% chance that I still have the same hair color as when I wrote this bio.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
I am:
Atheist, Brainstormer, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Environmentalist, Idea generator, Social entrepreneur, Technologist, World traveler
English, Swedish, Thai
My website links:
KTH, Stockholm, SE
TED conferences attended:
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012

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I'm passionate about

Finding new and unexpected ways of using basic existing technology.

An idea worth spreading

The English phrase "Speak of the devil, and he shall appear" is "Tala om trollen så står de i farstun" in Swedish. It translates to, "Speak of the trolls, and they'll be on the porch", making it much better adapted to modern day chat rooms where trolls outnumber devils five to one.

Talk to me about

Arcade game emulators, Craft Beer, Chili, Boardgames, Lucid Dreaming, Rock Climbing, Diving, Gardening and Soldering,

People don't know that I'm good at

Guerilla Gardening


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    Feb 25 2014: Another great Sivers talk about Why you need to Fail to Succed

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    A comment on Talk: Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim

    Apr 3 2013: So I'm going to run my next campaign on Kickstarter,
    It's gonna look something like this:

    Pledge $5 or more
    205 Backers (Unlimited)
    Non toxic Glow-in-the-dark Campaign T-shirt

    Pledge $100 or more
    1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
    You get to put two lines in my first State of the Union

    Pledge $500 or more
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    I bring you on as Chief of Staff when I take office

    Pledge $2,000 or more
    2 backers Limited ( 1 of 3 left)
    You get to be my date at the inaugural ball
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    A comment on Talk: Shane Koyczan: To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful

    Mar 10 2013: Hands down the most moving talk from TED 2013
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    A comment on Talk: Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

    Mar 6 2013: I wished they would have kept the short Q&A in the end. My favorite one went something like this:

    Cris Anderson:"You set up a non-profit or something to do this?",
    Ron Finley: "naah, you see, we're not a non-profit, we just a rag-tag bunch of renegades that make it happen."

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    A comment on Talk: Edith Widder: How we found the giant squid

    Mar 5 2013: Can't wait for next years Squid Summit :-)
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    A comment on Talk: Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?

    Feb 21 2013: Like Frode commented below regarding Norwegian.. I had the same issue when seeing this talk, how can Swedish be called a futureless language when the raining example clearly has different words for:

    It rained - Det regnade
    It rains - Det regnar
    It will rain - Det kommer regna

    Help me out, I must be missing something here.
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    A comment on Talk: Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

    Dec 13 2012: Just received the littlebits-box that I got for my 8 year old nephew for christmas.. just had to try it out and ended up playing with it for an hour, giggling like a litte girl the whole time. Man, if this had been available when I was a kid I would have been Ray Kurzweil by now :-)
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    A reply on Talk: Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams

    Nov 28 2012: The whole scenario with poor people being forced to ride the bus isn't that accurate. You must take into consideration that a gallon of gas in Stockholm costs 9USD, a full day parking in the city costs around 20USD and taking you car across one of the bridges in Stockholm in the worst morning rush costs 3USD. If you avoid the worst rush it's 1.5USD and after 6:30PM there are no charges. The congestion charges make up only a fraction of the total if you drive a car and are little more than a psychological trick that makes people think a second time before they habitually take their cars to work even though the subway would take half the time.

    Will it work as the city grows, who knows? But the fact is that right now it does, It's supported by a vast majority of the citizens and the gains to society from people not spending an extra half hour or hour a day commuting are huge. What I'm saying is that it doesn't even matter if this works in ten years or not. If we outgrow it maybe we come up with something different, or maybe that's enough time for a major shift away from cars as people discover how much more efficient public transportation is. I'm not saying that self-driving cars wouldn't be great for congestion right now, and I don't see anything stopping us from having both, but it's also a temporary fix. It doesn't matter if the cars are driven by google, personal transportation is just not an option once a city reaches a certain density.

    One last thing to also consider is that a city where people get more free time to spend either on doing more actual work, or with their kids, is a city that will become more prosperous. That monery will go into more daycare centers and clinics so poor people don't even have to drive across town to drop of their kids or to go to the doctor. Also, the latest infrastructure project that routes traffic around Stockholm is being funded to 80% by money from congestion charges.
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    A comment on Talk: Rick Falkvinge: I am a pirate

    Apr 2 2012: On a side note, that last quote: "People will take your vision and do whatever they can to further it, you just have to let them". The scary thing with that quote, apart from being true, is that it applies equally well to Greenpeace and the TED community as it does to religious cults or the 1940s German nazi movement.

    Edit: This has nothing to do with this talk itself, or whether I think Rick is Hitler or Jesus. But it spawned a whole train of thoughts in my head.. TED stands for "ideas worth spreading" but a lot of ideas will spread even they are really bad ideas. There are obviously a lot of "ideas not worth spreading" but is there such a thing as "ideas worth not spreading". and what would that be?
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    A comment on Talk: Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery

    Mar 28 2012: ...and today five years later, a google search for "four in the morning" yields "Rives on 4 a.m. | Video on TED.com" ;-)
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