GGCS Supports international collaboration: New Wellcome Collection’s Global Health Project blog post

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GGCS Supports international collaboration: New Wellcome Collection’s Global Health Project blog post

Originally posted on Wellcome Collection blog:

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Rush hour in Vietnam, a bipedal frenzy of noise and colour.

Over the course of four months, Barry Gibb visited our major overseas programmes in Africa and Asia to make a film about Wellcome Collection’s Art in Global Health project. In the fourth of his journal entries, Barry goes to Vietnam.

It’s amazing how quickly you adapt to traveling. One month after returning from Kenya and Malawi I was now off to Vietnam to start the first leg of the next filming double whammy. No butterflies, no hesitation, visas secured, bags packed, bloodstream flowing with (the antimalarial drug) Malarone. Of course, any feelings I had of being in control were completely misguided.

This sense of being out of control didn’t quite hit me immediately on arriving in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City; taxis and hotels have a wonderful way of mollycoddling you, protecting you from the very thing you’re…

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GGCS in the news: Metro UK – will.i.am heading back to school to study quantum physics

The Voice ‘s Will.i.am heading back to school to study quantum physics

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Watch will.i.am talk about STEM education here and discuss it further  with Stanford University’s President Professor John Hennessy  and FIRST’s Dean Kamen here

Will.i.am says he’s heading back to school to study computer science in the hope young fans will follow in his footsteps and transform their ‘ghetto’ neighbourhoods by doing the same.

The Voice judge, who is already director of creative innovation at Intel in his spare time, said: ‘I’m fascinated with quantum physics. That’s the reason why I’m going back to school this September to learn computer science.’

The Scream & Shout singer is convinced mastering computer science and social networks is the best way for disillusioned kids to escape crime and poverty.

‘If you live in a ghetto and really want not to just change your life and your family’s life but change your ghetto’s life, make your ghetto a good neighbourhood, learn science, try to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs,’ said the 38-year-old.

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Will.i.am with fellow coaches from The Voice Danny O’Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J (Picture: Getty)

‘You’ll change not just your family and your neighbourhood, you’ll change your whole city. Music is great, athletics is great, but the guys in Silicon valley and the dudes that make Twitter and Facebook, they’re changing the world.’

Watch will.i.am talk about STEM education here and discuss it further  with Stanford University’s President Professor John Hennessy  and FIRST’s Dean Kamen here

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GGCS Next steps: New blog post by Yewande Akinola

GGCS Next Step’s panelist Yewande Akinonla, shares her GGCS exprience and her own perspectives in her blog – DrizzledFlakes

DSC_6000“If the predictions are true that, in 2050 80% of the working population will be in Asia and Africa, African leadership need to work overtime to make sure that the continent’s ‘of working age’ population have work and play a positive contribution towards world progress. They need to realise that an actively working population is the only way to achieve innovative and prosperous economies. Its ripple effect- lower crime rate, industry growth and tons more. There should come a time when an African country’s wealth is less reliant on natural resources and more reliant on its ability to produce i.e. agriculture, power (make use of it numerous rivers) and more. My personal opinion- this is where engineers work with economists and entrepreneurs and literarily bombard politicians with proposals and more proposals till something happens.” – Yewander Akinola on engineering & the developing world

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GGCS in the News: Speaker Robert Matheson shares his experience at the Summit

DSC_5548Read more at the Wake County Public School System Blog here

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GGCS in the News: Read the UKCDS take on the Summit

UKCDS Ian Thorton’s view on the GGCS – “For me, this event was informative but focussed on techno-fixes, missing a great opportunity to move the important debates on

read more at the UKCDS website… http://www.ukcds.org.uk/news-Global_Grand_Challenges-2309.html

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GGCS in the News: International Federation of Engineering Education Societies Article

Read Professor Yannis Yortsos’, Dean of Engineering at the University of Southern California, article about the GGCS at the  IFEES International Federation of Engineering Education Societies website

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Enriching life session comment piece: Advances in Cognitive Computing by Eric Brown

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Read Angelinajohn’s response to Eric Brown’s comment piece … What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on Global Grand Challenges Summit Blog:

Advances in Cognitive Computing

Eric High Res PicOne of the greatest challenges facing most businesses is how to make effective use of enormous and growing volumes of data.  We often refer to this as a Big Data problem.  The statistics are shocking – 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years, while 80% of the worlds data is unstructured.  In the medical field alone the amount of information is doubling every 5 years, yet healthcare providers have precious little time to keep up with all of this information.  Unstructured information, especially human knowledge captured in text, is a challenging resource to leverage in computer systems.

To address these challenges, IBM is working on the next era of computing systems, called Cognitive Computing.  Cognitive systems represent the third major era of computing, following the first era of tabulating machines and the second era of programmable computers.  Cognitive systems represent a…

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