KUALA LUMPUR: There are more scientists now than before and Malaysians are currently living in a time that's best to invent or create, said a speaker at a gathering that brought together people from the technology, entertainment and design (TED) sectors.
Biosense Technologies co-founder Myshkin Ingawale added: “Never have the barriers been this low.
“Elements such as capital and talent have never been easier to obtain than now.
“It's already happening, all the cool kids' aren't working in big corporations any more, they're all off doing their own thing,” he said.
Ingawale was one of 13 speakers who spoke at the gathering of over 800 participants at TEDxKL 2012 at the Temple of Fine Arts here.
TEDx, now in its fourth year, is organised by TED, a non-profit organisation “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading”.
It started in 1984 as a conference of TED professionals but the scope has been expanded to also include science, business, arts and global issues.
The Star is the official media partner of the event.
Performing arts veteran Jo Kukathas said Malaysia had a long and rich history of inter-dependence and openness in its culture but this diversity was being eroded.
“As a society, we are in retreat, not sharing with each other things that matter deeply,” said Kukathas.
She called for increased inter-dependence between all on a cultural and spiritual level over material possessions.
“What is the point of increased material inter-dependence and connectedness when we have turned our backs on each other for everything else?” she asked.
“How can we truly be inter-dependent when we are not prepared to embrace each other?
“Our national culture has become one of rejection towards the injection of new ideas and concepts,” she added.
Sinar Project co-founder Khairil Yusof suggested a concept of open governance to improve government transparency and citizen involvement by making the country's publicly available data more accessible.