Will Robots Rule The World?

 

The faster the world changes, the more we should return to the roots of our being, the core of our values, the heart of our aspirations.

These are things that you cannot find online or download from the Internet.

Neither can they be programmed and executed by robots, drones, and other automated technology.

These technology cannot fulfill the deepest human needs, enhance our sense of security and stability, and help us reach out to develop meaningful and satisfying relationships.

In this regard, Charles Darwin’s “the fittest will survive” or Leon C. Megginson’s “the most adaptable will survive” should not hold true anymore.

The advancement of technology should be underpinned and guided by moral, ethical and spiritual innovations.

The rise of more advanced machines should help us become more enlightened in focusing on what truly matters in work and life.

As a result, we should become more purposeful, productive and progressive to achieve worthier pursuits.

Technology should unleash human potential to do well and do good – in a cheaper, better, and faster way.

As I’ve always said, the worst disease is not to have a heart for people and the environment.

In the near future, technology will put into our hands the power to create accelerated and scalable problems or accelerated and scalable solutions.

If most people do not believe in the good of humanity, cyberspace may become a godless, lawless, and values-less world.

Then, perhaps we may have to go through another:

– Big Bang (Think nuclear bombs made through 3-D printing technology with some fissile material);

– Ice Age (Think uncontrolled climate change); or

– Pandemic Crisis (Think lab-generated viruses as bioweapons) to reboot humanity.

– Or worse, an Apocalypse to end the human story.

But I have faith in the human spirit.

I have faith that we will rise up to leverage power of advanced technology.

We will ride on power of machines and with collective consciousness to eradicate war, poverty, pain and suffering.

We will return back to fulfill our Maker’s design for us to love one another and look after the beautiful garden we call Planet Earth.

May the fourth industrial revolution lead us to a revolution of enlightened minds.

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Happy World Mental Health Day! (10 to 13 October 2019)

We need to educate our friends and the public that mental illness, including depression is NOT a personality disorder or a character defect.

It is a health issue that can sometimes take over rational decision-making process.

And drive victims through undue physical and emotional stresses and consequences.

The voices within victims are not their voices.

Spiraling downward emotionally is not their destiny.

Mental illness can be overcome.

Don’t take mental illness lightly or see it as a stigma.

Help vulnerable people around you seek treatment as soon as possible before the mental illness gets out of hands.

Need help?

Contact the following:

SOS (Samaritans of Singapore) @ 1800 221 4444

SAF Hotline (For SAF Personnel) @ ‭1800 278 0022‬

Institute of Mental Health @ 63892222

Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) @ 1800 283 7019

More help can be found on this link:

https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/support-groups-and-others/20/call-on-these-when-you-need-help

https://www.ncss.gov.sg/NCSS/media/NCSS-Documents-and-Forms/NCSS%20Internal%20Documents/LIST-OF-HELPLINES.pdf

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Human Capital Model – A Root Cause Of Third World Behaviours?

Our culture and educational system have largely been influenced by what economists call the human capital model, and this model may have contributed to third world behaviours.

In short, the focus of the human capital model is on helping students find better jobs, increase their personal incomes, and become a productive resource for the economy and society.

As a result, many students may not fully develop their characters and values, and responsibilities to the people around them.

And learn how to work together to address social injustice and environmental challenges.

They may consciously or subconsciously believe that success is measured mainly according to economic, financial and material terms.

Meritocracy is thus treated as a zero sum game. They have to beat others in academic and other assessments to do well.

Is it possible that over-emphasis on the human capital model might have contributed to many of the issues in society, including the Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome, a prevalent issue in many quarters of society?

Why many would drive their personal mobility devices (PMDs) indiscriminately?

Perhaps, it’s time to re-think and refresh our culture and educational philosophy, and review how we can help students adopt a more empathetic and compassionate conduct and
achieve a more holistic, balanced and altruistic outcome.

Become a wise, moral, responsible, and useful person who will not serve ethnocentric interests but instead, will reach out to help those around them and to strengthen workplaces, communities, and society for greater good.

https://www.straitstimes.com/…/why-are-singaporeans-a-third…

 

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To Antagonize or Advocate?

With Hong Kong’s past and current protests as the backstop, I wonder how anybody can make ambiguous statements at best, incendiary statements at worst, to instigate anti-establishment movements.

Obviously, she can clarify her position and put the blame on miscommunication.

However, her statements are open for public preview.
“So it’s already happening, and I think it’s important for us to acknowledge that, because a social movement is not 500,000 people [in the streets]… it’s all the work that goes into potentially one day having 500,000 people in the streets. And that work is as, if not more important, than getting huge numbers to attract the media attention, because the groundwork, that foundational work is what sustains the network after the 500,000 people go home. “

“…when the government says, you know, foreigners should not influence domestic affairs, or foreigners should not bring their country’s politics into Singapore, we should push back on that as well, because why not, because solidarity is important.”
As a public person and a specialist in mass communication, she should be responsible for the miscommunication and if not, for the potential provocation to incite open protests on Singapore streets.

If nothing else, at the least she can provide the essential balance of encouraging collaboration with the authorities to unite Singaporeans, co-create solutions, and make Singapore a stronger and more secure, stable and sustainable place.

14-year-old shot by plainclothes Hong Kong police officer as protesters attack vehicle

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Third-World Citizens?

I have tons of respect for Professor Tommy Koh and I’ve personally written to him to tell him so, and to also express some of my concerns to him.

Without sounding overly-defensive of Singaporeans, do we really have a third-world mentality?

Bad drivers and road rages are everywhere. Are we ranked among the worst drivers?

Which country has people that would willingly queue up and queue up politely to be served without being told to do so?

Also, which country in the world has no explicit or implicit class differences?

Even in the most homogeneous of societies, welfare states, and communist countries, there’re class divisions.

Professor Koh has been arguing for a poverty line and minimum wage but there’s no evidence to support that these provisions will resolve socioeconomic issues.

Case in point, if the authorities
draw $1300 as the poverty line, and offer more welfare schemes to help those below the line, those earning slightly above $1300 will find ways to lower their salaries to enjoy similar schemes.

Mr Lim Boon Heng has told Tommy Koh in another seminar that Singapore has somewhat of a minimum wage scheme, but it’s implemented differently to those in other countries.

The question is how much more money should the government offer to those in the lowest socioeconomic sector? To the best of my knowledge, the good Professor has yet to offer a response.

For some of his comments, I would like to believe that Professor Tommy Koh is exhibiting a favorite pastime of many Singaporeans – grumbling.

To put things in perspective, many Singaporeans grumble a lot.

When we are in Singapore, we grumble about Singapore.

But when we go overseas, we continue to grumble.

We grumble about why the other countries are not like our Singapore.

Our grumbling spirit is both a strength and a weakness.

We grumble because we believe in and take ownership of our country, otherwise why do we care?

We grumble because we set high standards in this country.

It takes great commitment to achieve those standards and that can lead to grumbling if these standards are sometimes not within our grasp.

We grumble because we know that we can change and make things happen so as to achieve the standards we set for ourselves.

If we don’t, we will just accept and live with status quo.

While it’s true that Singapore has people who grumble, it’s also equally true that many of those people who grumble also took action.

That’s why, in Singapore, there are many success stories to inspire those who visit our shores.

https://www.straitstimes.com/…/tommy-koh-laments-that-singa…

 

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Carrie Lam has released a Public Statement on video

Carrie Lam has released a Public Statement on video.

At the initial stages of the protest, I wrote to her about my concerns and suggested ways to address the protests.

https://www.evernote.com/…/404f80d4-27ee-4ec4-8021-caf887ed…

It’s interesting how my ideas are similar to her thoughts.

Sadly, her hands are tied. And she faces an uphill climb to make major political and socioeconomic changes to address roots of many of the key issues.

Let’s pray that Hong Kong will resolve all outstanding matters and put Hong Kong on track to achieve stronger peace, progress and prosperity.

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Whither China’s One Belt One Road Project (OBOR)?

Whither China’s One Belt One Road Project (OBOR)?

Personally, I believe that the OBOR initiative can strengthen global trade and bring prosperity and progress to many countries and people.

However, while the OBOR makes economic sense, the devil is in the details.

By far, the Chinese government has not been the most transparent about its plan, structure, system and process. Or, does it have any details at this point?

Many of the developed countries are not aware of or are doubtful about the motives, means and ends of the massive OBOR initiative.

For example, there’s no detailed information about how the infrastructure will be financed, carried out, and managed.

For the OBOR to work, there must be open borders and willingness to trade.

As a proponent of the OBOR, China has to lead the way but is China prepared to open its market to the other nations?

Will China abide by internationally-accepted standards for governance, arbitration, quality and standards, and environmental protection?

The OBOR is initiated and supported by President Xi Jinping and therefore, it should take priority over many of China’s other major projects. It should have the backing and support from the government.

However, China is not best known for leading and driving international projects.

What’s more, for the OBOR to succeed, it requires strong political will, healthy international relation and cooperation, huge financial resources, and extensive and in-depth technical knowledge and skills.

Is China able to galvanize these resources and channel them effectively and efficiently, while keeping unhealthy politicking and corruption in check?

In 2016, China did not accept the judgment that went against its control over disputed waters of the South China Sea.

The judgement was passed by an international tribunal in The Hague.

In addition, China continued to bulldoze its way in the South China Sea.

Will the other countries look up to and trust China to protect their interests?

Can China be relied upon to calibrate and improve the delicate balance in international relations?

One of the biggest concerns for the global community is the motives behind implementation of OBOR.

Is China capitalizing on Trump’s nativist nationalism to promote global trade?

Or is it just a front to exert its influence on the new world and gain strategic geopolitical political dominance?

Can China be entrusted to work with other nations to co-create win-win solutions for the new era?

Even if China have no negative intentions, the OBOR will have both intended and unintended consequences.

Case in point, India has been keen to work closer with China in terms of economic cooperation.

It has, for example, joined and given its support to the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The OBOR is designed to pass through Kashmir.

Unfortunately, Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan.

As a result, it has exacerbated long-standing regional tensions and disheveled the political equilibrium between these two countries.

That was one of the reasons why Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India did not attend the Belt and Road Summit and neither did he send a senior member of his cabinet there.

The OBOR is at an early stage and more information is needed to determine its values and impacts on the new economy.

China alone cannot make OBOR works. It needs to work closely with many countries to turn it into a success.

In an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world, if China uses OBOR to influence or control other countries, then it will face an uphill climb to achieve success.

I’m confident that the leaders of China, with the backing of 5000 years of wisdom, will press on and turn the OBOR dream into a reality and a major contribution to a better world.

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