What refugees need to start new lives – bring on AI

Be inspired with a Ted Talks!

Every minute, 20 people are newly displaced by climate change, economic crisis and political instability, according to the UNHCR. How can we help them overcome the barriers to starting new lives? TED Resident Muhammed Idris is leading a team of technologists, researchers and refugees to develop Atar, the first-ever AI-powered virtual advocate that guides displaced people through resettlement, helping restore their rights and dignity. “Getting access to the right resources and information can be the difference between life and death,” Idris says. Watch now!

Black Friday: Shop till you drop!

So, encouraging people to buy more and overspend is one of the retail sector´s greatest achievements. In actual fact, people are super easy to manipulate: everyone likes to feel that they have picked up a bargain, got something for free, or better still, that they have saved money.

In fact, the power of the ‘sales’ sign can not be underestimated, and it´s a tragic shame that we aren´t as generous with our cash, when the sign says: Please help people in need.

Thankfully, I can´t stand shopping, so I avoided Black Friday and went to my local second-hand book shop and spent 30 minutes smelling hardbacks, reading the spines, and tutting in contempt about the number of cookery books that have been published.  Unfortunately for the shop owner, a wonderfully helpful and cheerful woman, I left empty-handed.

The Finnish Government is giving money away!

Could handouts be the solution to getting the long-term unemployed back in to work? Well,  in 2017 Finland began a radical experiment: the government started paying 2000 unemployed Finns basic income. They each get a guaranteed 560 euros a month, for two years. It’s free money – it comes with no strings attached.

If you are curious, why not take a look at the full video report?

 

Giving presents: the 3 wise men arrive in town

I woke up this morning and thought fantastic, it’s the day before The Day of the 3 Wise Men which means 2 things:

Firstly, I can go and see a parade, steal sweets from defenceless children and hopefully grab some toys thrown by the  3 Wise Men

 1967 Aston MartinSecondly, I have another opportunity to receive my 1967 Aston Martin Volante.  Father Christmas obviously didn’t think I had been a good girl as I only received the following gifts from him: 1, some aspirin. 2, a cat toy (????). 3, a pencil sharpener. 4, a rubber. 5, 10 chocolates and 6, a pair of Leeds United football socks.  So, my last hopes are with the very wise, wise, wise men.  My fingers and toes are crossed, I have touched wood, and I have thrown salt over my left shoulder. I am positive that my car will be parked outside of my flat tomorrow morning and I am overcome with excitement.

Good luck everyone, I hope you receive more than a lump of coal, a kiss on the cheek or some empty wrapping paper ( a favourite trick of my sister!).