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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Nicholas Kee – Co-Founder of Tech Nonprofit

How would you define a techie?

A “techie” to me is someone who’s enthusiastic about the movement and future of technology.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has actually become a part of my identity. In fact, without an introduction to a computer, I honestly don’t know what I would be doing with my life right now. I started playing video games when I was young, then transitioned into coding in my teens, and now I’m co-running a tech non-profit. Through tech, I have been able to build a lifestyle, where I can have fun, develop intellectually, earn some money, and share my love of it with everyone.

How can technology be used to improve Jamaica?

In Jamaica, like many other traditionalist cultures, there seems to be a slight disconnect with technology on a whole. Unlike developed countries around the world, namely the U.S., we have to think about improving Jamaica with technology contextually. In order for technology to have the right impact, it needs to follow a paradigm of correcting systems before looking at individualistic desires. The education system for example can be improved by allowing access to more information through computers and internet access. The health care system can be improved by introducing new equipment that would provide more data about patients and allow for safer procedures. The same level of improvements can be made through technology by prioritizing on what requires immediate attention to yield maximum impact.

What internet speed do you need to be comfortable?

500 Mb/s definitely makes me comfortable.

What is your favorite tech website?

Definitely TechCrunch. It may not meet the needs of everyone, but for me, it provides a feed of some of the most talked about things in the startup world.

What would you call Android N?

“Alphabet (Google) finally learning from its mistakes” Although I’m not a complete fan boy of new smartphone upgrades, I can definitely appreciate tech companies moving from a model of dependence on cellphone carriers for updates to independent system updates.

Tell us about Nex Gen Creators.

Next Gen Creators is building a massive community of tech enthusiasts from all over the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. We provide a platform for youth to explore their skills as innovators by hosting coding workshops, design workshops, startup conferences, meetups, coding marathons and school coding clubs. Our mission has been to empower the regions’ young developers, designers and tech entrepreneurs to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities available.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I’m a bit of a travel bug. I believe that through travelling we can fully immerse ourselves in different cultures and learn from other people’s experiences. I’ve learned new languages, forged strong relationships, became more self aware and even delivered a baby because of it.

Most prized gadget you own?

I think my most prized gadget is my Raspberry-Pi microcontroller. I can technically use it to do anything with it. It’s the most programmable piece of technology I own to date. With it, I can create robots, network spoofers, phones, and even supercomputers.

Batman or Superman?

Superman. Looking beyond his powers, Superman maintains a highly optimistic demeanor that resonates with my lifestyle and behavior as an entrepreneur.

The best advice you have received?

“The world is a war zone, you can’t change it…at least not all at once. You must first choose your battles. Choose the battle that resonates the most with you. When you’ve felt like you’ve won that battle, or have done everything that you could have done, move on to the next one. This gets you one step closer to winning the war…”

Which person in tech would you like to meet?

Elon Musk. His ideals about the future resonate with me for the most part. I’d love to get the chance to pick his brain about ideas for the future.

What sports teams do you support?

I’m not a big fan of sports to be honest. Track and Field however, is my go to, and the Jamaica Track Team is who I will support forever.

What second language would you like to learn?

I’m already fluent in my second language, Spanish. I think the next language I’d love to conquer is either French or Quechua (a native language of Peru).

What do you wish there was an app for?

I wish there was an app that could detect and read people’s moods. We are innately poor communicators and often times knowing the emotional state of oneself and others could assist us in becoming more self aware and empathetic. Emotional Technology is definitely something to be looked at, and with the advancements of Artificial Intelligence, we may have the integration of such technologies in the future.

What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

Apart from postage stamps, I would say anyone in a corner with a computer surfing the web.

How would you invest a million dollars?

I would definitely invest it in Blockchain technology. It is the next wave of fintech innovation that a lot of people seem to be ignoring.

What future technology interests you?

In terms of the imminent future, definitely Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Tech. Apart from that, I have invested a lot of time in further future technology, namely, Quantum Computation – the next era of computing.

Is the rapid growth of technology a good or bad thing?

It is definitely two folded. It is good because it has opened up a large influx of information available at our disposal. We are able to use this information to empower ourselves and improve people’s lives. However, it is a bad thing because we haven’t truly been able to find the balance between humanity and technology. Technology as it stands leans more towards superficial efforts of conquest. Because of the dogma surrounding tech proliferated by the media, we often ignore the fact that technology is a by product of humanity. It was meant to be used more in visceral feats that would help to propel our advancement. It is a bad thing because society has not fully adapted to the rapid growth of technology.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Should we be worried about the advancement of Artificial Intelligence? Why/Why not?

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