An interesting idea I think you’ll agree. Everyone absorbs ideas and concepts in different ways. There’s the written word, but there are also images and sounds that grab our attention.
Love, peace… recycling. We all have images that pop into our heads and neat pictograms that represent our ideas. Well, back in May 2011 a competition was held to come up with a human rights logo (somehow this didn’t appear on my radar at the time).
There were thousands of submissions, but the international community along with Aung San Suu Kyi, Ai Weiwei, Muhammad Yunus, Michael Gorbatchev and Jimmy Carter chose a winning design.
I suppose the question that hasn’t been answered is do we really need such a logo for human rights? The idea is that the logo can be used by anyone to promote and protect human rights.
EDIT: The logo is a mashup between a dove and a human hand. I quite like it.
This video is fascinating. It shows Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer explaining how existing speech recognition technology works, and what Microsoft have been working on. I recommend watching the video from about 6 minutes as the real-time translation is particularly impressive.
From my perspective, whilst this is an incredible leap forward for the way we’ll communicate and do business in the future, it’s not a substitute for learning the language. Organisations such as the diplomatic service, national security agencies, and NGOs will always have a use for bilingual staff members due to the nature of their work (as will many other organisations I’d imagine).
I’ve only just found out that my former lecturer Kiron Reid stood for the Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner post. It’s a great shame he didn’t get elected; as a specialist in criminal law and police powers he’d have made an excellent independent commissioner.
This small post doesn’t do his other work justice. For much more information about what Kiron has done for the people of Merseyside, see: www.Kiron4Commissioner.com.
I’ve opted for the Kindle edition as I’m not a big fan of hardback books. But perhaps the best bit? Khoi Tu will donate all his royalties from the sale of Superteams to the British Red Cross, which works both in the UK and overseas.