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#Blockchain: Shifting From #Internet of #Information to Internet of Value. #Fintech #blockchain #technology

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There is a growing trend of Blockchain implementation in the social media industry. This development is changing how the public approaches an ecosystem.

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“With the rise of Blockchain technology, socio-economic transactions are improving and becoming more democratic as we shift from the Internet of information to the Internet of value.”

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Important Steps for Company Formation in Dubai

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Here we are talking about the essential steps that every businessman should keep in mind while thinking to setup a business in Dubai.


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Intercultural Understanding: The Key to Global Harmony in 2017

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Racial and cultural tensions are simmering all over the globe. From the rise of far right sentiments in Europe following the Syrian refugee crisis, to the widespread division dragged to the surface by the Trump vs. Clinton presidential race.


Realistically, the problem is not going to go away. Globalization is being facilitated by advances in technology and regardless of how many walls are built, people will continue traveling abroad in search of better opportunities. To add fuel to the fire, global warming trends suggest the amount of forced migrants seeking refuge is going to increase.

Following the example of the Australian government which integrated an intercultural understanding policy into its education curriculum, governments around the world need to teach people to learn how to engage with diverse cultures, understand similarities and differences, and ultimately create connections with people from different backgrounds.

So why is intercultural understanding the key to global harmony in 2017?

This is not an issue of immigration

For many decades intercultural learning was a niche field linked to acceptance of immigrants. Teaching was heavily reliant on stereotypes — such as the British stiff upper lip or German efficiency — as a means of highlighting differences in cultures. But there was much less movement between cultures and countries at this time.

Following the theory of “tolerance of ambiguity,” “The Other” creates fear because people don’t understand it. Seeing another group who look, dress, eat, speak and pray differently creates contraction and a will to protect heritage and “the way we do things here.”

However, the deep divides which have emerged in the run up to and aftermath of the Trump election in the US show that this problem is not just linked to immigration, but to a general inability to navigate difference.

Differences can be cultural, racial, based on values, or allegiance to different religions or subcultures. The problem is not as simple as accepting foreigners, it is the ability to understand and accept differences, and recognize the fear and negativity that these differences create in ourselves.

We are living in a modern world which is defined by movement, diversity and change. We need to put systems in place which allow us to accept and deal with fear and uncertainty, and create empathy and integration of groups from different backgrounds.

Putting yourself in other people’s shoes

In Australia — a country with a long history of racial tension — intercultural education is part of the educational curriculum. Using activities designed to inspire curiosity, reciprocity, open-mindedness and critical awareness, students are taught how to engage with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences. Rather than simply accepting differences, the initiative aims to inspire interest, interaction and empathy between groups.

One of the best ways to inspire empathy is by creatively allowing people to step into the shoes of others. US based Emblematic Group uses VR to invoke “digital empathy” by immersing audiences in VR worlds based on Guantanamo Bay, Syria, or even homelessness in modern day America to provoke reactions about themes which people have grown desensitized to.

“In VR, you have very little distance from the event. You can’t look away. It has your undivided attention,” CEO Nonny La Peña told Fast Company. “When you feel you’re inside a space, it moves you to care, to have a connection unlike any other medium I’ve worked in before.”

The UN created the UN VR app, using 3D video to show people what it is like to be in a refugee camp. This tactic has proven useful in creating empathy and understanding amongst users.

Other tactics to create experiential learning include live simulations, interactive theatre and storytelling.

Sara Burnett argues that hearing other people’s perspectives in the form of stories or drama is the key to creating empathy. Creating environment where people can share their personal stories, helps others reflect upon, and empathize with similarities and differences with their own backgrounds.

What’s the point?

Promoting cultural understanding is no simple task. Adults are required to change prejudices which have been embedded for their whole lives. Community organizations need to create environments where people meet and look past the front cover of their race and religion and at the rest of their story. Only then will people find differences and similarities which help them to relate to others.

University studies show that groups who are forced to interact with people from different backgrounds, end up with a better understanding of their culture and opinions, regardless of whether they share them or not.

However, we can take a more “hands on” approach with kids. In Denmark, children take part in the “Step by Step” program which encourages children to talk about perceived emotions using pictures, helping them to develop improved levels of empathy.

At St Gabriel’s in Austin, social emotional learning has been made part of the curriculum. A representative said that at a time when young people were surrounded by polarized opinions at home, in the schoolyard and on the TV and media, it was important to teach the importance of ‘how to agree and disagree with respect and kindness’.

Creating more positive, understanding communities will not happen overnight. It requires a joint effort from government bodies, communities and schools. The media also have a responsibility to show both sides of the story, and give unbiased insights into the backgrounds of different groups in society. During the recent Trump election, the press stereotyped Trump voters without looking behind the scenes at the aspects of their lives which motivated their discontent.

We need to learn that it’s OK to have different opinions, culture and beliefs, as long as we respect others. If we are going to make positive change, we need to seek to understand underlying motivations, meet people’s deeper needs and protect the collective space for people to express themselves constructively whatever their cultural background.

Peter Merry is Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, a new accredited online university that combines learning with social innovation.

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Diana Jaimes V.'s curator insight, September 2, 2017 11:07 AM
We all know that teaching critical awareness towards interculturality is such an important task; also, that it is not as easy as giving a lesson. Normally, intercultural teaching is related to acceptance or engaging with immigrants. The tendency, however, is to protect our culture from outside “invasions” but being respectful. This article exposes it is not a matter of acceptance but understanding the differences and the implicit fear we have. The text proposes how important is to use activities that improve curiosity, reciprocity, open-mildness and critical awareness. The initiative of this is to inspire interest from students, but how to do it? As teachers, we can use activities that “force” our students to be in someone else’s shoes; this could be done by VR words, or perceiving emotions from pictures; these activities allow students to perceive from the inside out different culture and avoid the creation of stereotypes.
 
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With all the growth technology has had, I'm glad to see it being used in schools. Gone are the days when teachers would tremble at the mere mention of IPads, it's really being used brilliantly. Teenagers are at a stage in their life when they're the centre of the universe, having them literally see through someone else's eyes is brilliant. I would love to have the opportunity to see this at work.
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How to Automate Social Media Lead Generation and Engagement


Marketing ideas are floating everywhere. Tips and tricks of social media lead generation are plenty across the web. There are also some great articles on it with a handful number of resources to motivate you to do a better job. However, that’s definitely not enough for a marketer when it comes to ensuring the maximum yield at minimum effort.

A lead generation campaign through social media includes both creative as well as stereotype activities. Both of them stand equal in terms of importance, effort, and returns. Unless you automate lead generation mechanism and save time, you cannot really focus on applying lead acquisition strategies.

Unfortunately, many marketers’ day end at manually submitting the posts in SM channels, giving feedbacks, collecting analytical data from the SM tools, and preparing graphical charts for analysis and reporting. For them, devising new post creation strategies, analyzing engagement models and taking corrective decisions are more important than spending hours on mundane tasks.

A social media automation tool ensures that …

Your social account get fresh content consistently. You have better control over lead generation strategies. You save critical hours by auto scheduling certain manual and error-prone tasks.

The fact is that not every marketer is exposed to the power of tool based automation because of awareness problem. Social media automation tools can really make a difference in how you want to optimize your marketing dimensions and efforts. Given a choice, every marketer would happily give up certain social media jobs that a machine is better at and invest quality time in producing better feeds and analyzing their responses.

In this article, we will take a look at the time-saving social media lead generation activities that can easily be performed with a tool. We will also learn how automating the social fact-finding jobs through tools helps in filling sales funnel. Twitter and LinkedIn, being the most popular B2B social channels have been considered for describing the automation scenarios in this article.

Multiple SM Accounts Management

Managing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Slideshare, Google, and other major social channels have got easier with centralized access from social media automation tools like Hootsuite, Social Oomph. You have single sign-on facility to set up, run and manage all the basic SM operations like writing new posts, giving a reply, comments, sharing others’ posts that you usually do from separate accounts. This saves time and presents you a comprehensive platform for better accounts management.


Let us take an example of how Hootsuite enables your team to automate the entire campaign management plan and activities. You just need to log into Hootsuite tool and allow one-time access to your FB, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. The system automatically invokes all the information from your social accounts such as friends, followers, likes and allows you to do everything you used to do through separate logins. You can view social analytics using custom dashboards and generate PDF reports for management’s visibility.


Social Prospects Identification, Qualifying, and Building

The process is like finding a needle in a haystack. You cannot manually filter thousands of Facebook friends or Twitter followers based on their interest level and then categorize them for further engagement. It is a hefty job and involve continuous monitoring on a daily basis. Using social media automation tools like Socedo, Sprout Social you can set custom criteria for qualifying social prospects and start interacting with them for follow-up actions.

Let us take an example of how Socedo automates the lead identification and filtration process. As a marketer, you may want to discover relevant Twitter prospects based on some business criteria and start engaging with them for conversation or conversion. The tool analyzes Twitter prospects based on their profile summary and daily activities and presents you with a filtered list of target audience based on your chosen profile category such as IT Professionals, Software Engineers, Entrepreneurs, etc. You may further narrow down the prospect list by adding more search criteria like conversational keywords in tweets or bio keywords in twitter description.


Continuous Prospect Engagement

Once the social prospects are identified easily, the next step is to nurture them with regular feeds and build an intelligent auto-response mechanism. A tool can create a customizable workflow of standard operations that you want to run for an approved prospect. The process is simple. You help the tool know your selected list of Twitter prospects on an incremental basis and the tool will do the routine jobs on behalf of you.

For example, with Socedo, once you get started, the system automates certain obvious operations such as favoring tweets automatically, following them up after a certain interval or sending direct messages for the follow backs. You may also want to set up a goal for this entire activity. For example, you want them to visit your website landing page or start interacting with yours sales executives.


Fig: Lead identification to Engagement Cycle

Thus, what you get is a pool of relevant and qualified Twitter prospects in your sales pipeline based on your own search criteria, that too at almost no effort. Such tool acts as a completely automated and intelligent lead generation machine saving a considerable amount of man hours.

Monitoring Prospect Activity and Conversions

Generating social lead performance report is the stepping stone to get connected with top people in your industry. You not only need to find new prospects but also view prospect engagement report real-time. With the advanced functionalities of an automation tool, you can add critical business insights to custom prospect generation criteria and your engagement with social leads.

For example, Quintly — a social media analytics tool allows you to track, benchmark and optimize social media performance with time.


Using Socedo, you can track how many of your discovered Twitter or LinkedIn prospects have been acted on and how many have been missed due to no action. You can also find how many prospects you acted on have been approved by you for the further level of interactions, or have been declined due to some predefined reasons. Other useful counts like Twitter follow backs, direct messages, link clicks along with charts for audience growth are also readily available on a daily/weekly/monthly basis with social media automation tools.


The best part of using such tools is that you can build lifetime prospect criteria reports that show:

What are the different types of keywords you selected for filtering prospects such as conversational keywords, bio keywords or location based keywords based on your business priorities? How many of the prospects do match to those targeted keywords? How many prospects have been approved and responded to? How many Twitter prospects have followed back you or added you to their LinkedIn connections?

Such comprehensive analysis of social leads gives you a clear indication of what made you get more Twitter follow backs, LinkedIn connections, and link click-through and how you can improve the results. You will be surprised to know that such lead nurturing process have better response rate and higher click-through rate (CTR) than any standard email campaign.

Once you start getting benefits from an automated social lead generation tool, the next step is to convert the saved man-hours into monetary values and then compare the number of conversions before and after adopting the tool. This will give you the actual ROI of your investment in social automation tool.

If you have used any social media automation tools different from the above and have been able to maximize ROI, please mention them below in the comments section. Our readers may find them useful.

Automation Concept Photo via Shutterstock, Other images: HootSuite, Social Oomph, Socedo, Quintly

This article, "How to Automate Social Media Lead Generation and Engagement" was first published on Small Business Trends


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»Digitale Transformation« – was genau ist das jenseits der Buzzwords? - @keypousttchi

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Wenige Begriffe werden so gedankenlos benutzt wie der von der „digitalen Transformation“. Key Pousttchi, Professor an der Universität Potsdam, liefert eine taugliche Definition. ... mehr

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How is Critical Thinking Different from Analytical or Lateral Thinking?

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Data vs creativity? Data should be a huge tool in the ongoing fight against mediocrity

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I just don’t get the basis of this argument. 

The most successful businesses (and ones I would deem as progressive and creative) of recent years have been those that have built their strategy based upon ‘data for good – divine data’. 

Data that has driven actionable insight and fuelled creativity rather than overwhelmed and brought it to the lowest common dominator. Data that has in turn led to greater empathy, personalisation, removal of the unnecessary and ultimately value. Data in digital is optimising user experience and information architecture and fuelling individual enhanced experiences. It shouldn’t be about marketing’s obsession with data, but businesses’ obsession with data.

Data by any other name is insight. Without knowing or seeing each and every agency’s creative brief, I could make a fairly well informed judgment that there is a section on said brief that asks the question ‘what is the key insight?’ in one way or another. This insight then fuels the proposition from which every creative idea – every on-brief idea, that is – is spawned.

Who is so anti-data in the context of creativity? Data should be a huge tool in the ongoing fight against mediocrity. Data should be the way in which agencies can remove subjectivity from decision making. Data should be embraced to help clients de-risk bravery when it comes to creativity. Data should enable greater creativity by giving clients confidence when buying braver ideas.

Data and creativity should have a symbiotic relationship without tension. We don’t expect clients to make decisions on where to place their advertising and messages based upon which billboard or poster site looks nice or instinctively feels right, or what TV programmes they think might be right based upon ‘informed’ opinion. Programmatic is yet more evidence of the evolution of how data is shaping decision making in real-time.

Clients make these significant seven and sometimes eight-figure investments because media agencies have the tools that help them make the better decisions, likely to have the greatest impact with the lowest wastage – based upon statistically sound empirical evidence. 

It seems quite counterintuitive to then put a greater risk on the future commercial success of the brand down to, at worst, being seduced by a fantastic agency planner and creative storyteller at presentation of the idea; or at best, the storyteller backed up with a bit of ‘home grown’ qual. The vast majority of campaign budgets (80/90 per cent for argument's sake) are in media yet it is the creative (10/20 per cent) that has the power to disproportionately pay back to a significant extent even outside of the campaign period. Yet for the most part the data rigour is seldom exercised to the same extent.

The right type of data availability forces discipline and robustness in thinking; it should unlock greater transformational potential because when understood and interrogated fully it should make arguments bulletproof without suffocating the creative piece of magic that underpins it. Without it you are effectively making informed guesses with seriously high stakes.

However there is a key watchout. I’m sure each and every creative or frustrated account man reading this may highlight how their most creative ideas never seem to make it through the ‘creative killer’ of a focus group. Creativity, as previously stated, should have an equal, symbiotic relationship with useful and actionable data – not one rule the other. 

That also highlights what I consider to be an extremely damaging force on creativity: the ‘focus group’, or bad data as I fondly refer to it. Yes it is a form of data evaluation and validation – yet for me it more often generates futile results. We are replacing one small decision making committee with another – the client with the ‘consumer’ (or the  professional qual-grouper who very loosely fits the demographic profile). They are equally incredibly important in the process; however true creativity that captures hearts and minds and at best transcends audience to create further affinity or reappraisal will always win through if the idea is strong enough. It is scale of the data that would prove this.

The big misconception is that if data begins to ‘win’ more in the tension against creativity it will lead to formulaic science-based outputs and a creative industry devolving into an automated numbers industry. If this is so, why are creative agencies so keen to share and celebrate KPIs and metrics as part of the mainstay of the award entry video? Data at this point is the validation of excellence in creativity and effectiveness that we all can learn from and be inspired by. But this has then led to other clients and agencies feeling empowered enough to want to emulate these successes by being creatively liberated through these commercial case studies.  

Great creativity, creativity that can impact culture as well as the bottom-line, will be more commonplace with the progressive client and agency minds that open themselves up to take those leaps of faith, de-risked through the value of data.

There are always going to be anomalies, however this is the point – is a piece of work creative if it is ineffective?

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Is data and creative at odds with one another? The title of this article first gave the impression that it would compare the pros and cons of creative to that of data driven strategy. However, reading deeper the writer conveys the complementary nature of these tools that are available to a marketer to aid in the creative process.


If anything, data is the insight that creates the backbone of a good idea. To a good analyst, the millions of seemingly inhuman data points tells a story. It can relay values, empathy, and personalities of an entire sample which should drive the creative stages. Their persuasion is logical and follows the empirical evidence to the highest chance of statistical success. Equipped with this, creative strategy can not only be authentic but can have a better chance of persuading your team to the value of the idea.


Good ideas do not speak for themselves. The concept that a “eureka” moment will dawn on you and your entire team will all agree immediately goes against the value of peer review.The idea should be torn apart, deliberated, compromised, and rebuilt with the different perspectives and insights of your peers. But, if you support yourself with relevant data you will compliment your logical and creative aspects to support your strategy.


Creativity is the connection of existing knowledge in a way that has not been done before. Integrating the logical nature of data analysis allows you to see new connections in interesting ways and bring value and depth to your ideas to contribute to the bottom line.


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This Company Is Helping Fashion Brands Make Smarter Product Decisions Via Predictive Analytics

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Brands including Ralph Lauren, Sperry, Lucky Brand and True Religion are turning to a predictive analytics platform called Makersights to help inform their product design and development.

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Predictive analytics are the future of big data

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The Best Place to Consistently Find Winning Content Ideas 

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Your challenge is rarely coming up with a content idea; it’s narrowing down which ideas you should develop and which you should discard.

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Important Steps for Business Setup in Dubai

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“English will stay as the language of power” - TNS - The News on Sunday

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The choice between English and Urdu has left our society divided and governments confused on the linguistic front, often triggering public debates and some cosmetic measures too by successive governments.
Though the 1973 Constitution declares that the national language of Pakistan is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made for its being used for official and other purposes within fifteen years, our rulers and policy makers find it hard to implement. Why? Is it the state which is doing nothing to introduce Urdu as the official language in power corridors, or is it our ruling elite that is guarding English against all odds?
Class inequality and social conflicts are the ultimate outcomes of different education systems — English medium for the elite, Urdu medium for the middle and lower middle classes and Madaris with Arabic for the left-out segments of society. Why has the state failed to stem this class inequality?
And then there is a struggle by smaller groups to keep their ethnic and regional identities and languages alive.
The News on Sunday sat with renowned linguist and intellectual Dr Tariq Rahman last week to seek his help in understanding the underlying factors keeping this lingual conflict alive for decades.
Tariq Rahman is an academic, columnist and intellectual. Currently based in Lahore, he is the author of many books and publications, mainly in the field of linguistics. He has been awarded several national and international awards in recognition of his research and scholarly work. Some of his well-known books include Names; Pakistani English; A History of Pakistani Literature in English; Language and Politics in Pakistan; An Introduction to Linguistics; Language, Education and Culture; Language, Ideology and Power and From Hindi to Urdu: A Social and Political History.
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The News on Sunday: We have three major streams of education in our country — madrassa, English medium and Urdu medium — with different opinions or worldview of their students. How do these different streams of education create conflicts in society?
Dr Tariq Rahman: Yes they do create conflicts in the society. Basically, it is a class conflict in most places. But it is more of a class conflict in Pakistan. In other countries, they also impart religious education and people are trained to become priests of the community there. In our country, most of the people join madaris because they do not have resources to join other mainstream educational institutions. In our case, it is a class issue that polarises our society as well as students graduating from these streams, which are further divided into sub-streams and categories. They are not in harmony with each other.
With us, it is not really the medium of instruction; it is actually a matter of how much one can afford and spend. Of course, it can polarise people because the worldview emanating from the three different streams is conflicting.
TNS: It is believed the use of Islam and Pakistani nationalism is meant to prevent ethnic groups from breaking away from the centre and to build a modern, cohesive nation out of different linguistic and ethnic groups. Will this strategy work in the presence of a class-based system of education functioning in different languages?
TR: No. It has not worked even if the system is not class-based. It has not worked even in India. India tried to resolve this conflict by creating states based on languages called linguist states. Then in Spain, for instance, the Catalan-speaking people were about to break away from Spain but they were prevented by recognising their language and giving it official status. Similarly in Canada, the French-speaking areas threatened to break away but they were given due status and recognition to keep the Canadian Union intact. Belgium also succeeded in preventing a breakup by recognising and supporting different languages and by giving people more rights.
So the idea to create a cohesive state even when there are different groups with different languages will not work unless you treat these groups equally. This problem should be resolved by giving these groups equal status and by empowering them. In fact, this is already happening after the 18th Amendment, provinces are given more powers and people are being empowered with more money and resources.
TNS: Our history testifies to the fact that language has got the potential to make or break a nation. Do you justify the government’s move to promote Urdu in search of a plural society?
TR: Yes. If it is a matter of English versus Urdu, then it is a commendable move to some extent. But the private and corporate sectors are very powerful and they will not allow a switchover from English to Urdu in the foreseeable future. The government will keep trying to promote Urdu but English will stay as powerful as it is today.
If it is matter of national cohesion, then there are five languages and not just Urdu that need to be promoted. The idea that there is only one national language has not gone down well with the Baloch, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Seraikis who want their languages to be recognised and valued. Their demand has been there and it will come up again with more force in future.
TNS: Do you think the political elite wants the status quo to prevail to prolong their hold on power? And what stops the government from introducing a uniform education system for all?
TR: It is not just the political elite, rather the military elite is part of it, the bureaucratic elite is part of it and the commercial elite is part of it. It is a conglomeration of different elites. The continuation of English is in their interest. They have invested in English; they have educated their children in English. The way English language has expanded its reach in the private sector shows these elites are quite confident that English language will stay dominant. They know English is an international language and it will give their children access to international bureaucracy and international commercial markets in a globalised village. So, of course, they will not give it up.
The elite will not allow their schools to be abolished for a uniform education. Armed forces have invested heavily into their kind of schools, they will not allow their schools to be abolished. Public schools and chief elite colleges will not allow it. No state, how powerful it may be, can do it.
The investment of the elite of power — the federal bureaucracy, the higher judiciary, the officer corps of the armed forces, the higher educational and research establishment, the private elite educational establishment, sections of the press — in English is so big that such a change is unlikely.
And it would not be a very good thing to have a uniform system. It will negate other languages. It is not necessary to have exactly the same system everywhere. However, it is necessary to have similar standards, similar amount of money spent everywhere and similar kind of values given to all students passing out of educational institutions.
TNS: It is believed that a powerful language has got the quality which enables its users to obtain more means of gratification than the speakers of other languages. How can the language of minority dominate the language of majority in a democratic setup such as in Pakistan?
TR: Yes, it is possible in the case of a powerful minority and it has happened in many countries. In case of Pakistan, this is not a true democracy. The country is ruled by a political elite called people’s representatives. Military and civil bureaucracy rules the country through a viceregal system. Ex-colonial states are actually the continuation of a colonial state and the same is true for India as well.
Even in democracies like England, France and Germany the language of elite is considered the language of power. In England, for instance, there is Oxford English, there is BBC English and there is Queen’s English. In France, many dialects of French language have to be suppressed in order to let the language of Paris elites called Parisian language become dominant. So this is something that has happened everywhere where elite guard the language of power.
TNS: English was supposed to continue as the official language of Pakistan till such time that the national language(s) replaced it. However, English is as firmly entrenched in the domains of power in Pakistan as it was in 1947. Why?
TR: It is in the interest of upper class comprising political elites and job elites to continue with English. Sociologist Hamza Alavi has rightly called these job elites as “Salariates” who are military officers, civil services officers and commerce people. They find English lucrative because it gets them best jobs in the private sector including corporate sector, banking, NGOs, international think tanks and media and most of them are dependent on the knowledge of English.
If the governments of Pakistan were sincere in abiding by the constitution, they would have switched to Urdu from 1988 in all official domains. But they did not.
TNS: Punjab Teachers Union has launched a Taleem Bachao Tehreek demanding that Urdu should be the medium of instruction in schools because, according to them, students are performing poorly in science subjects. What do you think should be the medium of instruction in our schools?
TR: A part of their demand has been already accepted as some of the schools have reverted to Urdu as the medium of instruction. But the problem is not with government schools, it is the private sector that relies on English and the Punjab Teachers Union cannot do anything about it. Only the state can enforce a uniform system of education, but I think the state should not do this.
As far as madrassa education is concerned, the government must not touch it. I don’t mean they should be allowed to teach whatever they like in the name of religion. What I mean to say is that some specialised education in madaris is necessary that is different from other schools. And that happens around the world where they train a catholic priest or a Hindu priest.
TNS: In one of your articles, you said “If Punjabi is to be given life this is the time to teach it in all schools to all children in the Punjab. And why stop at Punjabi? We are rich in languages. Let us treat them as cultural assets and not liabilities.” How can threatened languages be revived?
TR: There are two aspects to it. One is wishing something to happen and the other is reality. I do not see it happening in Pakistan, though it has happened in many parts of the world.
I chose to talk about Punjabi because it is the language of majority people ignored at all levels. It is the language of songs and jokes and solidarity and that is certainly there. It is its soft power. Languages can be revived only if state policies are changed to introduce these languages in the domain of power.
TNS: Do you see a new language in the making as people tend to speak Urdu with a blend of English these days?
TR: Well, not really a new language. All the present languages have absorbed words from other larger languages. Urdu and Hindi have borrowed Persian and Arabic words and even English has got more than 50 per cent Greek, French and Latin words. Even poet Amir Khusro’s work contains a mix of Persian, Urdu and Hindi. This happens with all the languages in the world. This phenomenon does not create a new language rather it gives a new face to a language and all living languages keep changing.
TNS: Your recent book “Names: A Study of Personal Names, Identity and Power in Pakistan” indicates a gradual social change in our society. According to the book, names establish a relationship between identity, ideology and power. It also identifies foreign cultures and trends that dominate the majority mindset in our society at the cost of minority groups. How will our society retain its identity and culture in such circumstances?
TR: Well, actually, identity is a very sensitive and contentious subject to talk about. There are different kinds of identities in Pakistan including ethnic identity, religious identity and class identity. People in the working classes have similar incomes, similar problems, similar things to eat, similar houses, similar lifestyles and so on. Then there is upper class with more money, more power and better education. No country in the world has just one kind of national identity. Of course, there are some countries that are mono-lingual and industrial where similarities are much more than differences, and those are generally European countries.
Ours is not that kind of a country. Ours is an ex-colonial country with a part of it living in medieval age, another part living in colonial age and some part of it living in industrial age. The book was an attempt at finding whether names are related to different forms of identities in Pakistan — rural identity, urban identity, ethnic identity, national identity, sub-national identity, gender identity and modern and post-modern identity.
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TNS: What is your next book about?
TR: I want to write a book on the theory and practice of jihad in South Asia. It will have two major portions. The first part is about the concept of iihad and how it is interpreted by ulema of different schools of thought, and I will try to find out that in different Tafaseers (interpretations of Quran) and the edicts issued by ulema in different periods of time. The second part is about how jihad has been practiced in South Asia — movements that called themselves jihadi movements, Syed Ahmad movement for instance that continued from 1826 to 1831, civil movement of Ipi in the tribal areas and other such movements. So the aim of the book is to explain the concept and impacts of all these movements in South Asia.
I have been given a fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in the University of Oxford and I will work over there only for a short time. I will also go to some other universities and libraries for research. I don’t know whether I will be able to complete this book or not keeping in view the extensive and hard research, but it will be an interesting study anyway.

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This article is about the problem in Pakistan with unifying their language. It discusses the problem that the official is called Urdu, since their 1973 Constitution. It says that the rulers find it hard to implement and enforce because of the class-system in their society. The elite speak English, the middle and lower middle classes speak Urdu, and then the lowest class speaks Arabic. Dr. Tariq Rahman is a renowned intellectual and linguist and has tried helping and studying their problem with unifying their language by studying the underlying factors and problems that are in their society. 

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You need to make sure that you are not simply providing a summary. You need to discuss the IR implications and your thoughts on the topic.
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Amazing Technologies Changing The Future of Dermatology 

Your body’s best guard in a hostile world: your skin

Everything is written on your skin. Every wrinkle, spot, and color tells a story, and not only a medical one. This miraculous organ can show you as a litmus paper whether you have a disease. For example, people with few red blood cells may look pale, while patients suffering from hepatitis have yellowish skin color. Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The skin protects you against moisture, the howling winter winds, the scorching sun rays, the swarm of germs and toxic substances. It acts as the most reliable thermostat: helps you prevent dehydration and protects you from the consequences of too much heat or cold. It allows you to feel sensations: touching, itching and even pain. As weird as it sounds, the skin also acts as a storage room: its deepest layer can store water, fat or metabolic products. If it is injured, it produces wounds. And while it protects you from an unimaginably huge amount of parasites, bacteria, viruses, and germs, sometimes the price for not letting these disease agents into the organism is its own disease.

Skin cancer is too common

According to statistics from the WHO, currently, between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year. Data from the US Skin Cancer Foundation suggests that each year over 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people only in the US. The annual cost of treating skin cancers there is estimated at $8.1 billion: about $4.8 billion for non-melanoma skin cancers and $3.3 billion for melanoma, which is an insanely huge number. And what is even scarier? For example, the fact that according to the estimations One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

The situation is not a tiny bit better in other countries. In 2014, 15,419 new melanoma skin cancer cases were diagnosed, Cancer Research UK found. The results of their surveys also indicate that incidence rates have increased by 119 percent in the UK since the early 1990s. And if you look at the last decade, this number still reaches 45 percent. International trends aren’t a cause for more hope, either. A study found that the incidence of cutaneous malignant melanoma has steadily increased over the past 50 years in predominately fair-skinned populations. Moreover, incidence rates of melanoma continue to rise in most European countries (primarily Southern and Eastern Europe), whereas, in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, Israel and Norway, rates have become rather stable in recent years.

Luckily, digital technologies are on their way to help dermatologists diagnose and treat skin diseases better and more effective. Innovative solutions have a huge impact on healthcare in general, but in case of certain subfields, such as surgery, even the transformation of the whole specialty can be expected. Looking at dermatology, it will probably not experience such a radical turn as surgery, but the shift will still be determining. Technology has been shaping dermatology praxises for years, and this will accelerate in the coming years. Here, I decided to enlist all the digital solutions which help medical professionals truly bring dermatology into the 21st century.

Telemedicine

As you can easily detect if you have a skin problem, and smartphones coupled with super-fast internet connection make it easy to send pictures or footage anywhere, telehealth solutions appeared naturally in dermatology. The options of teledermatology services are soaring. FirstDerm, Spruce, Direct Dermatology, SkinMDnow, Zwivel or iDoc24. They all work based on the same principle: they promise patients to connect them to a dermatologist online for consultation within a very short period of time. Usually, people can load up their photos to a certain platform, and dermatologists give advice based on it.

The popularity of the platforms shows there was an urgent need for this solution. iDoc24 had already more than 7,000 cases submitted from all over the world. It also turned out that the majority of the issues were rather harmless: iDoc24 found 70 percent of all their reviewed cases could be self-treated and they advised the patient to undertake further tests in all the remaining 30 percent of cases. It is a win-win for everyone: patients do not have to wait in crowded waiting rooms for an exam, while dermatologists can deal with the easier cases in shorter time online.

2) Big Data

The analysis of Electric Health Records (EHRs) and other huge data sets allows for the optimization of even such mammoth-like systems as healthcare. Data analytics help improve the quality and coordination of care, reduce the incurred costs and avoid unnecessary use of resources. Dermatologists also recognized the huge potential of big data to bring lasting change to their specialty.

The American Academy of Dermatology introduced a clinical registry called DataDerm in 2016. The database was created by dermatologists and connects data on millions of patients from thousands of dermatologists throughout the US. It eases the pain of reporting and allows medical professionals to demonstrate the quality of care they provide, to payers, policy makers, and the medical community. At the same time, it gives every member a private analysis of his or her practice’s data against national averages – down to the patient level. It is great for setting standards in dermatology, measuring each participant how they perform and ensuring the average quality of care.

3) Robotics

Amazing high-tech machines appeared on the stage of medicine lately. The New Jersey-based company, Canfield Scientific have recently installed the first commercial Vectra WB360 whole-body skin lesionmapping system. It is able to take a 360-degree scan of the entire body and identifies all the lesions on the skin. But what is even more exciting, the potential in robots helping dermatologists, especially aesthetic dermatologists in the future.

Many skin cancer types and other skin problems are treated with laser therapies, and a study found that robots might be able to help there. Researchers compared the accuracy and consistency of laser irradiation treatments carried out by humans and robotic arms, and investigators found the robot-guided treatments to be superior to the manually guided treatments. In the future, we can expect laser therapies to be carried out by “robotic surgeons” with humans controlling the process.

4) Artificial Intelligence

Deep learning algorithms are especially good at recognizing certain images, thus they will certainly have a place in the future of medical specialties dealing with medical imaging, such as radiology or dermatology. For example, IBM decided to let dermatologists leverage on the results of its deep learning platform, Watson in order to diagnose melanoma and other types of skin cancer faster, more accurate and preferably without the need for many biopsies. At the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, experts found that their deep learning system was able to achieve a 76% accuracy at diagnosing melanoma cases based on dermatology images, while the average accuracy for the eight dermatologists on that data set was 70.5%. It is a very promising result!

Researchers at Stanford University carried out a similar experiment. They created an artificially intelligent diagnosis algorithm for skin cancer with the help of an algorithm developed by Google that was already trained to identify 1.28 million images from 1,000 object categories. Then, they made a database of nearly 130,000 skin disease images representing over 2,000 different diseases; and trained their algorithm to visually diagnose potential cancer. From the very first test, it performed with inspiring accuracy. It performed at least as well as dermatologists participating in the research, which is very impressive! Now, the team is considering to make the algorithm smartphone compatible in the near future, bringing reliable skin cancer diagnoses to our fingertips. Mind-blowing innovation in sight!

5) 3D Printing

The answer for organ shortages of all kinds, including skin, as well as to the increasing reluctance to test new cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products on animals, is 3D printing. Many innovators recognized it already and plenty of research is going on. Scientists at the Spanish Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in collaboration with the bioengineering firm BioDan Group have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create an entirely functional human skin. James Yoo and his team at the Wake Forest School of Medicinein the US has also developed a similar prototype that can create synthetic skin. San Diego-based bioprinting firm Organovo teamed up with cosmetics giant L’Oréal in 2015 to supply 3D-printed skin.

3D printing could ensure that critical tissue shortages, which were reported for example in Australia in 2016or in Japan in March 2017, would never again hamper the tasks of medical professionals.

6) Regeneration

Injuries of the skin take a long time to heal. For a 10 mm cut, it takes 1-2 weeks to turn into a scar and then slowly fade away. Researchers are working on various innovations for shortening the healing process and accelerating the natural responses of the human organism for more effective skin regeneration.

Healthpoint Biotherapeutics developed a skin cell spray to improve conventional treatment for leg ulcers. According to a study, applied prior to wrapping the leg with compression bandages, the spray both improved the extent of healing and did it in less time than healing with bandages alone. Another remarkable innovation is ACell’s MatriStem, an extracellular matrix, which helps regrow tissues – it even induced the regrowth of an amputated fingertip in 2010. A very similar extracellular matrix helped treat a US Marine who lost 70 percent of his thigh muscle in a mortar explosion in Afghanistan. Researchers at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh applied a “cocktail of proteins” and growth factors derived from pig bladders. After a few weeks, his leg muscles started to grow back! Simply amazing!

7) Social media

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are the social media platforms which everyone with an internet connection knows and uses. They are wonderful communication tools, sources of information and common knowledge, they function as community building platforms and spaces for promoting great causes. It is no different regarding healthcare – or dermatology, for that matter.

For example, Webicina, the first medical web 2.0 guidance service, offers Dermatology and Web 2.0, a free comprehensive resource containing all the web 2.0 tools from quality blogs and communities to online slideshows and mobile applications. It was designed to help medical professionals interested in dermatology find the best resources online. Moreover, La Roche-Posay, a division of L’Oreal, uses social media to promote its SOS Save our Skin campaign, which it does in conjunction with the US Women’s Dermatologic Society. The American Academy of Dermatology launched its 2017 SPOT Skin Cancer campaign, which is encouraging women to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer. The AAD started the #SpotSkinCancer hashtag on social media and encourages everyone to share their photos or videos to raise awareness how important it is to detect skin cancer in time.

8) Health sensors

As the market for wearables and health sensors is exploding, you can find all kinds of tiny gadgets measuring your vital signs and health parameters. In the future, some of these devices will not only do measurements but offer diagnosis or participate in the treatment of certain diseases. Skin-related conditions might be the first to diagnose or treat with small, sensor-like materials or gadgets. This year, L’Oréal introduced its wearable sensor for measuring sun exposure and notifying the user when they are about to get sunburn. The patch changes color to warn against skin cancer.

What’s more, a group of Indian researchers presented a unique patch for treating skin cancer at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Annual Meeting in 2012. The patch is infused with phosphorus-32, a radioactive isotope used to treat some types of cancer. The researchers carried out a small study on the effectiveness of the patch and the results were very promising. Ten patients with skin cancer on their faces were treated with the patch, and three months after the treatment, biopsies showed no sign of their tumors. When biopsies were performed again at six months, however, the basal cell carcinomas had returned in two of the patients. I believe it is a great achievement, and I hope to hear about more similar research projects in the future.

9) Nanotechnology and nanoparticles

Nanotechnology proves to be a fertile field in dermatology and especially in cosmetics; as nanoparticles make their way into UV-light absorbing sunscreens and anti-aging products. When properly engineered, nanomaterials may be able to topically deliver retinoids, antioxidants, and drugs such as botulinum toxin or growth factors for rejuvenation of the skin in the future.

Yet, nanotechnology also has to offer a lot in the fight against cancer. Researchers also are reviewing the use of nanomaterials for the treatment of melanoma. In particular, gold, when turned into a nanomaterial called nanoshells, has been shown to be a useful treatment for melanoma in animal studies. So, perhaps skin cancer will be treated by gold in the future. Who knew that everyone’s favorite jewelry material has such beneficial traits?

 

Although the above list certainly has its limitations, it shows the vast potential of digital technologies to change the landscape of dermatology very soon. Thus, a student who wants to become a dermatologist might better become friends with disruptive innovations to get the most out of them when they start practicing.


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When 95% of all cryptocurrencies are gone Bitcoin will still be there

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If you’re keeping score, these are two big names in the financial world declaring the world’s most popular crytpocurrency worthless. Is it?

Spoiler alert: It’s not.

Bitcoin has seen some choppy seas of late. Fluctuations related to China’s market-shaking bans on ICOs and the closing of exchanges sent ripples through the community causing the price of a coin to shudder and drop below $3,000 for the first time in months. Over the last week its value has rocked back and forth between three and four thousand dollars (as of writing it’s at $3,616).

The Wall Street Journal article, like many others, points out that Bitcoin is a great currency for drug dealers. The author doesn’t point out that it’s also a great currency for CEOs or janitors. And let’s not kid anyone, the US dollar is still the currency of choice for drug dealers around the world.

Bitcoin makes it easier to deal drugs in the same way that Tesla makes it easier to rob banks.
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Rafa Nadal can compete at the top level for years to come if he managed to stay healthy, his coach Carlos Moya has said after the Spaniard won two grand slams titles this year.

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"Plagued by injuries and a loss of form in the past two years, Nadal has risen to number one in the rankings and won his 10th French Open title and third U.S. Open this year. He lost to his great rival Roger Federer in the Australian Open final."

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Customer experience (CX) is one of the most important trends in business today as it brings companies closer to customers and customers closer to brands. But CX is also so much more. The work toward creating more relevant, meaningful and productive customer experiences also places your company and employees on a path toward business transformation.

But this isn’t change for the sake of modernization or shareholder value. This is changing your business from the outside in and the inside out to be relevant and engaging to a new generation of customers and employees. But to do so means that CX must evolve from legacy-based approaches to design human-centered strategies and infrastructures that are intuitive, productive and frictionless to real-world customers, not just shareholders.

We live in a time of digital Darwinism, an era when technology and its impact on business and society is constant with varying, but inevitable, degrees of disruption. The thing about digital Darwinism is that it plays out differently in the case of each industry and each organization. It’s less about the origin of the species and more about its fate as digital Darwinism is enlivened though changes in people (your customers, employees and stakeholders) and how markets are advancing as a result. Survival takes an intentional, informed effort to drive business evolution and modernization. But to thrive, takes something more.


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The big data revolution has given birth to different kinds, types and stages of data analysis. Boardrooms across companies are buzzing around with data analytics - offering enterprise wide solutions for business success. However, what do these really mean to businesses? The key to companies successfully using Big Data, is by gaining the right information which delivers knowledge, that gives businesses the power to gain a competitive edge. The main goal of big data analytics is to help organizations make smarter decisions for better business outcomes. 

 Thomas Jefferson said – “Not all analytics are created equal.”

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