The Internet of Things: Are we truly ready to be connected?

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A Connected World

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been building up in varying forms around us. From the connected home to tracking our health via little devices to having a traffic management system where vehicles talk to each other, the world is changing rapidly and connecting in ways never imagined before.

According to a recent Goldman Sachs report (The Internet of Things: Making sense of the next mega-trend ) the enablers for this (which were also obstacles in the past) are the cost of sensors, bandwidth and processing, along with the proliferation of smartphones, and the improvements in technology such as IPv6 and Big Data. All good stuff, but still very technical…

Having all these wonderful technology is great, but how much are we ready to share in order for this to be truly useful? Are we ready to connect with total strangers, or share our data or information with governments and corporate entities in order for better lives and an improved society?

Are you willing to share your car’s GPS & computer data with your garage or dealership so that they can alert you to any issues? Will you also be willing to share the same with authorities so that they can monitor road traffic and congestion as well as use it to plan for better infrastructure, or will you be concerned about being tracked 24×7? (more…)

12 key messages from being Off The Grid at TedxMelbourne 2014

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TedxMelbourne 2014 Off The Grid

Out of all the incredible speakers who had so much to share at the TedxMelbourne 2014, the following 12 messages resonated with me enough to want to share it with you.

  1. If you have a dream or an idea, PURSUE it!
  2. If you’re not sure about something, EXPERIMENT!
  3. We all have character angels, ACKNOWLEDGE them!
  4. LOVE what you do!
  5. CREATE the conditions where you can be at your most creative!
  6. BE the change you want to see happen!
  7. Think of 10 NICE things to say about a person before you meet them!
  8. People deserve a SECOND CHANCE in life!
  9. Bravery begins with BELIEF!
  10. Life never goes to plan. ENJOY the journey anyway!
  11. Share your stories, it could SAVE a life!
  12. Everyone’s unique, VALUE who you are!

What type of Careerist are you?

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I hadn’t come across the term careerist until I read the HBR article Know What Kind of Careerist You Are, and I had to look up the definition for it. Most definitions imply it is a very selfish thing to be a careerist, and it puts career before anything else.

The HBR article on the other hand paints a slightly different, and in my opinion, a more realistic picture of what this term means.

Having glanced through the various types careerists, I can identify myself going through a couple of these to get my current state, hence my reference to them as stages. Getting High and Getting Ahead were two stages of my career that I have been through and can relate to very well.

Having been through the above stages, and with my priorities having shifted over the years, I am now firmly settled on Getting Balanced. Yes, I value family more than career and won’t ever hesitate to make a call when it comes to that.

But that’s just me… what about you? Where do you see yourself on this list?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether like me, you’ve found yourself transitioning through different types through the years.

Isn’t it time cricket became a Global sport?

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Yes, there are countries from all over the world playing cricket in the top-tier as well as associate and non-associate countries playing in various world groups. Yet, none of these “minor” teams generate as much excitement or passion in their own countries or in the media as when the top teams play each other.

I am longing for the day where we will see associate and non-associate countries such as Afghanistan, Ireland, Canada, USA, Namibia and even Argentina, Belgium and China play cricket with the big boys in at least the 20-20 format, if not in ODIs, fairly regularly.

What if all the full member countries are made to play against 2 or 3 associate countries each year as part of the so called ICC “Future Tours Programme” or FTP? Admittedly they will not be money spinners, but in terms of exposure for the game and the publicity it can generate in those countries, wouldn’t that simply outweigh the financial gains?

Purely hypothetical of course, but how much more fun and excitement would there be to see 200-odd countries having to qualify in order to play in the cricket world cup, similar to soccer and to a lesser degree, rugby? No automatic entry, unless you’re hosting the tournament, for obvious reasons. Imagine the passion for the sport and the support this would generate in all those countries? We might finally bridge the gap between the top-tier countries and the rest…

By the way, kudos to  Afghanistan who had to overcome massive challenges and are yet able to qualify for and compete in the Asia Cup which is taking place at the moment and for also qualifying for the world cup next year.