Drones will be Planting Trees

Up to 100.000 trees per day, will be planted by drones.

Let’s face it, most of us think that drones are subject to those who are “familiar” or just love technology. This is about to change, as technologies like drones will be getting some of the most important “jobs”.

BioCarbon Engineering in collaboration with the manufacturing company Parrot are designing an autonomous tree-planting system to fight deforestation.

According to the World Economic Forum, every day are about 15 billions of trees cut off and in their place are planted just 9 billion.

This tree-planting drone system will be able to plant trees 10 times faster than human, plus it will reduce the cost in places without human-access to 85%.

BioCarbon plans to plant up to 500 billion trees in 3 decades.

The drones will be in “groups” of six, and every set will be using GPS and computer vision for the creation of a 3D model of the area where the tree-planting will be taking place.

Thanks to acts like this, we are delaying the destruction of our planet’s atmosphere from too much carbon dioxide for a more “few” decades. Planting trees is great, but we also need to reduce the overall pollution.


Stephen Hawking: I’ll pay to send climate change deniers to Venus

“Next time you meet a climate denier,” he said, “tell them to take a trip to Venus. I will pay the fare.” Stephen Hawking said.

If we don’t act to stop climate change as soon as possible, our planet may become uninhabitable for human life, and even life at all.

According to the scientists, if we want to save life we need to colonize mars

A 2002 NASA study suggested that around 4.5 billion years ago, Venus, like Earth, enjoyed water. But, as the planet warmed, there was more water vapor in the atmosphere.More heat was trapped and a feedback loop continued until the oceans evaporated.

In order to partly solve the issue of climate change, we need to take action. Let’s start by stop producing more CO2 than what the environment can absorb and also stop cutting off the trees.

It’s also important to have people with high awareness about important issues like this in positions of power and influence. Of course, it all starts by the discussion people have, and for what topics they rise awareness.

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Richard Branson Is the Latest Entrepreneur to Show Support for Universal Basic Income The Virgin founder joins tech giants like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

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Count Richard Branson among the advocates for giving away free money to everyone.

The Virgin founder became the latest high-profile entrepreneur to put his support behind universal basic income (UBI) on Monday. In a blog post on Virgin’s website, Branson wrote that the concept should be further explored to see if it can be put into practice.

“Most countries can afford to make sure that everybody has their basic needs covered,” he wrote. “This concept should be further explored to see how it can work practically.”

The idea of providing all citizens with a living wage has been a hot topic of late, as fears continue to grow that automation will massively reduce the size of the work force. Several tech titans have chimed in. In November, Elon Musk said he believed that UBI someday would be necessary due to automation. Musk recently tweeted that he believes robots will be able to outperform humans at all tasks sometime between 2030 and 2040.

During his commencement speech at Harvard in May, Mark Zuckerberg offered his support for the policy, presenting it less as a necessity than as a facilitator of innovation. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” he said.

Sam Altman’s startup incubator Y Combinator is working on getting a basic income experiment underway in Oakland, California. “I…think that it’s impossible to truly have equality of opportunity without some version of guaranteed income,” Altman wrote in a blog post last year. “And I think that, combined with innovation driving down the cost of having a great life, by doing something like this we could eventually make real progress toward eliminating poverty.”

Now Branson is climbing on board. In the blog post, the CEO wrote that he met with the worldwide human rights group The Elders in Finland earlier this year. Finland is one of several countries currently running UBI experiments. Two thousand citizens who were unemployed when the study began on January 1 will receive checks of approximately $650 each month. The study will last for two years, and the people will continue receiving their stipends even if they find work.

Canada is in the early stages of its own UBI program, and it’s been debated widely in places like Scotland, France, and the Netherlands. Nonprofit company GiveDirectly is in the midst of multiple basic income experiments in Kenya.

Part of the support for the concept revolves around the idea that many current welfare programs, like those in the U.S., discourage people from finding jobs, since benefits are immediately eliminated when a person starts working.

While it might sound like a leftist principle, the concept has received support from thinkers on the right, since it could potentially remove some of the many layers of bureaucratic red tape inherent to welfare programs. Richard Nixon tried but failed to pass a form of basic income during his tenure as president. Milton Friedman, the famed economist and free market advocate, promoted the idea in his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom.

In time, it’s possible that countries will turn to the idea out of necessity. In his post, Branson touched on this possibility.

“A lot of exciting new innovations are going to be created, which will generate a lot of opportunities and a lot of wealth, but there is a real danger it could also reduce the amount of jobs,” he wrote. “This will make experimenting with ideas like basic income even more important in the years to come.”


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FINNISH EDUCATION EXPERTISE GOES GLOBAL The Finns are taking steps to make their much-praised educational expertise into an exportable, global commodity. read article

A group of organisations in Finland is taking steps to make the country’s much-praised educational expertise into an exportable, global commodity.

The Finns have long prided themselves on their educational expertise, and their well-publicised, stellar results in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have increased the Finnish educational system’s reputation abroad. A venture called Future Learning Finland (FLF) seeks to export homegrown educational expertise and practices in such a way that the benefits can be utilised in other countries.

Future Learning Finland is coordinated by Finpro, a trade and investment development organisation, and supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Employment and Economy and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Its 74 members include universities, vocational schools, foundations and associations. Companies are also involved, particularly from educational and ICT fields, and EduCluster Finland, an organisation specialised in creating educational excellence, has a significant role.


Physical and virtual learning

Education ambassadors: Project manager Niko Lindholm (left) and project director Eeva Nuutinen of Finpro are involved in exporting educational expertise.

“Future Learning Finland was born when a Finnish education export strategy was laid out in 2010,” says Eeva Nuutinen, project director at Finpro. “Finland had done well in PISA, and the objective was to figure out how to commercialise this success. It became evident how much of Finland’s expertise has a lot of market potential.”

“Three years ago education export as an industry did not exist in Finland. It has been established along with this programme.” Nuutinen points out that while education export is mostly associated with degree sales, this does not apply to Finland, so it has had to take a different approach to education export.

So what is this expertise, and more importantly, how can it be exported to other countries? Teacher training, and especially vocational education development, form important aspects, along with ICT and public and private degrees. “We don’t exactly export degrees, but we build and tailor educational entities according to different needs,” says Nuutinen. “Educational consulting also takes place. The educational level and needs of a country or region are evaluated, along with how they could be developed.” Physical and virtual learning environments both enter the picture.


Rapidly transforming societies

ICT forms one sector that Future Learning Finland seeks to reach when promoting Finnish educational expertise.

FLF is involved in events including forums, seminars and roadshows. They’re important for identifying and reaching certain segments, such as ICT. Local media helps increase visibility. The traffic is two-way: there are delegations visiting Finland as well as Finnish export promotion trips.

Nuutinen describes Saudi Arabia as the most important market region for FLF at the moment. A massive reform taking place there comprises significant investments in education. Finland can have a role to play in sharing expertise in education, but also in educational infrastructure. “They want whole schools, for example,” says Nuutinen. “We have architect agencies in Finland that plan schools and construction companies [to build them]. FLF also has member companies that can provide proper furniture and equipment.”

In addition to the Persian Gulf, Russia, China and possibly Hong Kong are among the regions that interest Finnish education professionals. In February 2013, the annual International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE) took place in Saudi Arabia. It is described by Finpro project manager Niko Lindholm as highly significant in terms of Finnish educational promotion on a large scale. A number of commercial deals were sealed, and Finland enjoyed a highly visible role at the event.

“When the Saudi Arabians began researching where to seek educational expertise as they began their reform, Finland, Singapore and South Korea turned out to be societies that have most rapidly transformed from manufacturing societies into information societies,” Lindholm says.

One of the many FLF member companies that took part in IEFE is 10monkeys.com, an e-company in the field of mathematics. Managing director Katri Björklund describes the event as highly successful on their behalf, as they sealed a deal of with a local agent in Saudi Arabia. “As a small company it was great to have the support an organisation like Future Learning Finland, and to have credibility on our side,” Björklund says.

FLF is set up for three years, after which an evaluation determines whether it continues. “We are in the process of reviewing what Finnish education will look like in 2018,” Nuutinen says. “The industry will hardly have run its course [by then], even if this programme has.” It seems fitting that Future Learning Finland has picked as its motto, “We see brilliant futures.”

By Annika Rautakoura, April 2013


Finland: The best place in the world to be a student

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There is a reason why Finland is known as “one of the best places in the world to be a student”, as the country has an extremely efficient educational system.

No homework.

Students in Finland are rarely given home work. Instead, they are encouraged to play more, as that makes them more social and boosts their creativity level.

Also, schools in Finland are able to set their own timetables, which can include 15 minutes of playing for every 45 minutes spend “working” (source: Timothy D Walker, The Atlantic).

Opportunity for everyone

Finns believe every student is capable of reaching the same high standards, so all children have access to preschool up to the age of 7. Oh, and they all have personalized learning support.

There are no privately funded schools in Finland, which means that all children get equal educational opportunities. Teaching is well paid and highly respected profession. Teachers are trusted to get on with the job.

Investing in education

The advantages don’t stop once you leave high school, as university education is free, and the country spends more of its GDP on education (1.2%) than other OECD countries (0.8%) (Source: OECD).

What could your country learn from Finland’s approach to education?


Basic Income in Kenya: Free money for 12 years to thousands of people

A Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiment is taking place in Kenya. Thousands of people are receiving free money for 12 years. The experiment could redefine social welfare around the world.

Thousands of people are enrolled to the experiment across dozens of villages in Kenya. For up to 12 years, these Kenyans are getting almost double their ‘normal’ income, as part of the experiment.

The experiment is run by the charity GiveDirectly. After analyzing the spending data, GiveDirectly will learn how the UBI affects factors like quality of life & gender equality.

This experiment could make Governments around the world to replace the current welfare, which according to many reports has failed terrible, leaving poverty and inequality still there.

Why Basic Income is Revolutionary

Monica Atieno Aswan is a 28 year old woman taking part in the UBI experiment. “This money has really changed my life,” the Kenyan woman said.

Basic Income could free people from jobs they don’t like, and give them time to find something that they truly like. Today, most young people want to start their own business, but they can’t afford to take risks.

Many people are ‘trapped’ into their 9-5 jobs, as a result, they don’t have the time and money to start something their own business, or the job that they really want to do.

It seems like the Basic Income not only could eliminate poverty and inequality around the globe, but it could also solve really important issues in our society.

Other Basic Income experiments have shown that people will not spend the money unwisely, as in most cases they bought just the necessary. That can be food or an apartment.