At a time when educators everywhere are struggling to modernize an education system that was developed by and for an outdated British empire, Sugata provides a bold starting point. The real significance of his work is probably less about solving the problem of access to education for the underprivileged than it is about re-imagining the whole concept of education in the digital age. In a Forbes interview, he says, "our current definition of education is to produce individuals who can fit into a bureaucratic machine. Education prepares to be one piece of a machine. ... Everything falls into place and that is why everyone dresses the same way and why everyone is taught to know the same things. The result is a society that creates identical factory workers. The day of the factory is done. The West needs a fresh model."
This homeless man, named Prahlad Jani, is 82 years old and has been in hospital now for 4 and a half days without food or water and not generating urine or stool. The military is now monitoring him for two weeks with 24/7 camera monitoring trying to determine how he is doing what he claims to have been doing for 70 years.
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.rnAbout Pranav MistryrnrnPranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Full bio and more links: http://www.ted.com/speakers/pranav_mistry.html