Personal Notes On Global Trends [Unofficial]

  • Globalization 
    • Internet & Web 
    • Improvements in Transportation
    • Regional Organizations like EU
    • Wikinomics
    • A more interdependent and interconnected world
  • Openness
    • Wiki-leaks, Social media etc. 
      • -> More open Governments
  • Exponential Technologies
    • Exponential improvements in Information and communication technologies and other sciences and technologies that are being “computerized” (e.g., Biology).
  • Social media, Mobile, Big data 
    • -> People living a more public life. 
    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Ebooks, Blogging and others) also means that anyone can reach others more easily and make more impact than ever before.
      • Arab Spring
  • Wikinomics 
    • People communicating, sharing, collaborating and competing from around the world for getting things done 
      • Wikipedia 
      • Linux
      • Open source software
      • Open hardware platforms 
      • Open Design
      • Open Biology
        • Allen brain atlas, etc. 
      • Open / Public Data
      • Open platforms act as infrastructure / foundation [hard and costly to develop by a single organization] for new innovations. 
      • Open App Platforms 
        • Apple Appstore
        • Facebook Platform
        • Google Play store
        • Amazon Appstore
        • Chrome Webstore, etc. 
        • Open innovation
          • Innocentive
          • Ninesigma
        • Crowdfunding
        • Outsourcing
        • Citizen Science 
          • Foldit, etc. 
        • DIY 
          • Arduino
          • The Maker Movement
          • Raspberry Pi, etc. 
        • Human computation 
          • Amazon Mechanical Turk 
        • Prizes and awards 
          • Topcoder
          • X-Prize
          • Kaggle


Iran – Western Relation: Win-win, Positive-Sum Outcome?

[December 26, 2013]

#TowardsWorldPeace  #TowardsNuclearWeaponFreeWorld

The deal between P5 + 1 and Iran should prove to be revolutionary.

Years of opposition and suspicion from both sides. 

A lot of conflicts arise between people who have closed dependent minds. They divide the world into black and white, right and wrong with nothing in between. They view their way as the only right one and others’ as wrong ones. They never try to be themselves, instead following the path others have shown them without much consideration or reflection.

People in general categorize everything they see around them into different predefined categories. It helps them make quick decisions because they know what to do with a certain category.

But how can we be so sure that the categories and the knowledge associated with each category, that our society and culture has taught us, is correct? Why not think for ourselves?

Just because your co-workers or friends taught you that an Idea or Concept, say “A”, is bad, does not necessarily make “A” bad. It’s your duty to think earnestly – with your own judgement and find out the true nature of the Concept “A” and judge its merits and demerits.

In the age of Globalization, in the age of open and interdependent economies, we would like to see a more connected world.

People in Iran elected moderate Rouhani as their President this year. They wanted to see change. It’s evident that President Barack Obama wants to see change as well.

We would like to see peaceful use of Nuclear Energy by Iran and gradual and careful withdrawal of sanctions by Westerners.

American companies should make the most of it. 
Win-win, Non zero-sum.
A game where a player wins 5 points and his opponent loses 5 points is Zero-sum. 5+(-5) = 0. In a zero-sum game, the more a player wins, the more his opponent loses.
On the other hand, in a Non Zero-sum game, the outcome is not zero. For example, if a player wins 5 points and his opponent wins 4 points, the overall outcome is 5 + 4 = 9. If the outcome of the Game is a Positive number, then it’s a Positive-sum Game. [Game Theory]
It’s win-win – both wins.

And that’s what we are looking for: Win-win, Positive-Sum Outcome!  #TowardsWorldPeace

Progress towards Deal

[Edited: 04.03.15 (Friday) ]