>3/18 24: Similarities between Electronic Computers and the Human Brain: Thank you Jensen Huang for best week of Learning since John Von Neumann shared with The Economist 1956 notes Computer & The Brain
HAPPY 2024: in this 74th year since The Economist started mediating futures of brainworking machines clued by the 3 maths greats NET (Neumann, Einstein, Turing) people seem to be chatting about 5 wholly different sorts of AI. 1BAD: The worst tech system designers don't deserve inclusion in human intel at all, and as Hoover's Condoleezza Rice . 2 reports their work is result of 10 compound techs of which Ai is but one. Those worst for world system designs may use media to lie or multiply hate or hack, and to perpetuate tribal wars and increase trade in arms. Sadly bad versions of tv media began in USA early 1960s when it turned out what had been the nation's first major export crop, tobacco, was a killer. Please note for a long time farmers did not know bac was bad: western HIStory is full of ignorances which lawyer-dominated societies then cover up once inconvenient system truths are seen. A second AI ecommerce type (now 25 years exponential development strong) ; this involves ever more powerful algorithms applied to a company's data platform that can be app'd to hollow out community making relatively few people richer and richer, or the reverse. You can test a nation's use of this ai by seeing if efinance has invested in the poorest or historically most disconnected - see eg bangladesh's bklash, one of the most populous digital cash systems . Digital money is far cheaper to distribute let alone to manually account for so power AI offers lots of lessons but whether its good or not depends in part on whether there are enough engineers in gov & public service to see ahead of what needs regulating. There are 2 very good ai's which have only scaled in recent years that certainly dont need regulating by non engineers and one curious ai which was presented to congress in 2018 but which was left to multiply at least 100 variants today the so-called chats or LLMs. Lets look at the 2 very good ai's first because frankly if your community is concerned about any extinction risks these AI may most likely save you, One I call science AI and frankly in the west one team is so far ahead that we should count ourselves lucky that its originator Hassabis has mixed wealth and societal growth. His deep mind merged with google to make wealth but open sourced the 200 million protein databank equivalent to a billion hours of doctorate time- so now's the time for biotech to save humanity if it ever does. Alongside this the second very good AI graviates around Fei-Fei Li) in developing 20 million imagenet database so that annual competitions training computers to see 20000 of the most everyday sights we humans view around the world including things and life-forms such as nature's plants and animals. Today, students no longer need to go back to 0.1 programming to ask computer about any of these objects; nor do robots or and autonomous vehicles - see fei-fei li's book worlds i see which is published in melinda gates Entrepreneurial Revolution of girl empowerment
EW::ED , VN Hypothesis: in 21st C brainworking worlds how people's times & data are spent is foundational to place's community health, energy and so natural capacity to grow/destroy wealth -thus species will depend on whether 1000 mother tongue language model mediates intelligence/maths so all communities cooperatively celebrate lifetimes and diversity's deep data ) . Check out "Moore exponential patterns" at year 73 of celebrating Game : Architect Intelligence (Ai) - players welcome .. some jargon

Thursday, September 15, 2022

year of ed revolution -part 2 digital global cooperation UN

histiry 2016 at un hq saw first annual review of sdg4 education - sadly reports for most places wont happen in 21st C unless educators and tech unsiloise everything - 2 people satrted a movement - the next day 4 were uniting un hq ny and all tech and trade experts in geneva- sinec then the whole of UN2.0 sees global digital cooperation (thanks to ed tech networkers) as cornerstore of youth's ssutainability - see also https://www.un.org/techenvoy/

nearly 12 months ago un leader guterres declared a year of searching actions to resolve education no longer fit for purpose - we coming to some peak debriefs - I will try edit clearer summaries when I have time - questions /responses post below or rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk 


Thu, 15 Sept at 04:03
Global Partnership for Education

The global education community is gathering in New York this week and next for the Transforming Education Summit. Many side events, meetings and celebrations will take place during and on the margins of the main program.

Here, we highlight the events where GPE is taking a leading or active role. All times below are in US Eastern Time (New York).

You can watch the summit live on UN Web TV, and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram during the summit for the latest updates and conversations.

Friday, September 16
  • Organizers: GPE, UNESCO
  • Time: 12:00 –13:00
  • Location: UNHQ - Room CR-12

Nearly 40 million children a year have their education interrupted by disasters and disease outbreaks following extreme weather events. Without immediate action to address the impacts of climate change, the global learning crisis is likely to intensify, especially for the most vulnerable children.

Led by GPE Chief Technical Officer, this session will spotlight the experiences of young activists from around the world and hear solutions to build resilient education systems.

Saturday, September 17


  • Organizers: Education Above All, Qatar, Sierra Leone, World Bank, GPE
  • Time: 11:45–12:45
  • Location: UNHQ - Room CR-11

GPE Acting CEO Charles will attend this session, which supports the summit’s Action Track Five - Financing of Education. Funding education requires going beyond existing commitments to find universal, sustainable and systemic solutions. In particular, the issue of debt servicing will be addressed, as it represents a considerable obstacle to development in general, and to funding education in particular.


  • Time: 13:00–14:30
  • Location: UNHQ - Room CR-4

The world is witnessing an alarming increase in the number of people affected by armed conflict, forced displacement, and other crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, education received only 22% of the funds requested, far less than other sectors. This session will present the Commitment to Action: Education in Crisis to transform how education services are provided during and after emergencies.

  • Organizers: El Salvador, Niger, Plan International, UNGEI, Transform Education, GPE
  • Time: 13:00–14:00
  • Location: UNHQ – ECOSOC Chamber
  • View speakers

This session will focus on practical and impactful examples of gender transformative education and demonstrate how the power of education, from pedagogy to policy, can address and undo harmful gender norms and stereotypes and promote gender equality in schools, communities and societies. A multi stakeholder panel will share various facets of gender transformative education in practice and make a case for the kind of investments necessary to leverage the gender transformative power of education. 

  • Organizers: Belgium, Fiji, Global Campaign for Education, GPE, World Bank, UNESCO
  • Time: 14:45-16:15
  • Location: UNHQ – Room CR-4

This session will identify and discuss flagship interventions or policy options to enhance available financing for education globally under the perspective of the universal right to quality education in a lifelong learning perspective. Speakers will also highlight synergies for ways to allocate funds more equitably and efficiently.

Monday, September 19

EDUCATION IN SITUATIONS OF CRISIS (Main program - Spotlight sessions)

  • Time: 11:45–13:15
  • Location: UNHQ
Despite increased levels of educational needs, education appeals receive less than 2.5% of humanitarian funding; aid to education is stagnating and declining globally. At this session, the Commitment to Action: Education in Crisis will be launched. GPE Board Chair, President Jakaya Kikwete, will participate.


  • Time: 13:28–13:58
  • Location: Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
This session will amplify the voices of youth activists from around the world on the importance of gender transformative education and their experiences in their different regions and contexts. 


  • Organizers: Ghana, France, Japan, Finland, Senegal, ECW, UNICEF, UNESCO, Malala Foundation, LEGO
  • Time: 15:15–16:15
  • Location: Ford Foundation building
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This session will demonstrate the global resolve to reshape the reality for the least developed countries through redoubling commitment to transform education for the children left furthest behind. Co-hosted by H.E. Nana Akufo Addo, President of Ghana, the event will provide several Heads of State, the GPE Board chair and GPE youth leaders the opportunity to showcase their political will, progress, and commitment to seize the once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a brighter future for all.

Wednesday, September 21


  • Organizers: Estonia, Japan, GBC-Education
  • Time: 09:30–11:30
  • Location: Reid Smith Offices
Technology solutions for education are increasingly seen as a way to bridge gaps in learning, infrastructure and teaching resources. This event will bring together leading private sector actors engaged in technology for education to identify potential areas of collaboration and roles for the business community.

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world's learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world.

septembers education revolution - part 1 africa

world record jobs coordinator (Abed Alumni) Reeta Roy Mastercard Foundation

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To: "chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk" <chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Thursday, 15 September 2022 at 00:43:32 GMT-4
Subject: Event Reminder: Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Opening Ceremony and Future


Event Reminder!

Watch the livestream of the Baobab Summit celebrating 10 years of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and the Path Forward

Today, September 15, 2 pm-5 pm EAT
Watch online here:
Baobab Summit 2022
Also streaming on YouTube and Facebook

Join the conversation on social media: #scholars10

Opening Ceremony
2pm - 5pm EAT

Watch the Opening Ceremony, which includes the special tradition of the Flag Ceremony, where Scholars and universities represent their countries of origin. Learn about the future of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and the needs of the global marketplace through discussions with Scholars and guest panelists. Welcome remarks by Zein Abdalla, Chairman of the Mastercard Foundation Board of Directors, which will be followed by a discussion with inaugural Scholars Program partners.

Click Here to Watch the Live Event at 2pm EAT

What’s on the agenda:
Welcome Remarks
 with Zein Abdalla, Chairman of the Mastercard Foundation Board of Directors

Flag Ceremony: witness the energized procession of flags representing the countries our Scholars are from.
Reflective Moments with
 Bior Ajak, McGill University, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni, South Sudan
• Lynda Alvarado Cruz, EARTH University, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni, Honduras

Where We Started
Full list of speakers
• Reeta Roy, President and CEO, Mastercard Foundation
• Ann Cotton, Founder and Trustee, CAMFED
• Iman Nuwayhid, Professor & Former Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
• Patrick Awuah, Founder & President, Ashesi University
• Jos é Zaglul, Former President, EARTH University
• James Mwangi, Executive Chairman, Equity Group Foundation
• Chris Bradford, Co-Founder, African Leadership Academy
• Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Group

Moderated by Julie Gichuru, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Mastercard Foundation


A Bold & Audacious Future

Join this important conversation about the future of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program with Phil Cotton, Director, Human Capital Development at the Mastercard Foundation.

Reflection with Marion Apio, Makarere University, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni, Co-Founder, Girls Alive, Uganda
Performance by Nkosinathi Mzembe, Ashesi University, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Alumni, Zambia