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‘What you do today will shape the future’ – TEDxKL

on 19 August 2014.

‘What you do today will shape the future’ – TEDxKL

KUALA LUMPUR: This year’s edition of TEDxKL focuses on how a person’s actions can shape the future of the world.

Themed “The Open Future”, the annual conference at the Calvary Convention Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday featured speakers who were experts in various fields.

“The idea of a self-curated future is a sham,” said radio presenter Umapagan Ampikaipakan. “People choose what to consume based on ‘what’s popular’.

“We are making decisions based on formulated algorithms instead of our own good taste,” said the literary critic.

Kenn Ross, managing director for Asia at The Minerva Project, felt that the future would be defined by how higher education was revolutionised.

As such, Minerva School aims to provide the next frontier in higher education – offering a modern curriculum based on the science of learning and utilising cutting-edge technology.

Prof Balbir Singh, a recipient of the “Top Research Scientist Malaysia Awards” in 2012, shared his expertise and experience on malaria research.

He highlighted his work in Sarawak, where he and his team established that plasmodium knowlesi, a parasite thought to infect only monkeys in South-east Asia, infected humans too.

The audience was also educated on human trafficking in Malaysia by Liva Sreedharan, a programme officer at Tenaganita.

“It is the conscientious people who decide ‘this is wrong, I have to do something about it’ that change the world,” she said, asking the crowd: “What will you do?”

Also on stage was maritime analyst Nazery Khalid, who likened the oceans to oxygen.

“Maritime literacy among Malay­sians needs to be increased,” he said. “We need to realise the potential damage of our actions.”

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit conference set out to promote “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Since its inception in California 26 years ago, TED videos have garnered an online audience of over 13 million around the globe.

TEDx have been organised around the world to engage local audiences.

The Star is an official partner of TEDxKL 2014.

Prof Balbir Singh presentation.

Source: The Star

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