Episode 45 – Alisha Arora

Alisha Arora is a research assistant at MIT, leveraging machine learning to diagnose mental health disorders. She is a co-founder of Hope Sisters, a non-profit dedicated to spreading hope to vulnerable people, she has been a page in her legislative assembly, and more. At 14 years old, Alisha’s mission is to help solve the world’s biggest problems using emerging technologies.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions & Fact Check

AI/Machine Learning – Machine learning is the study of computer algorithms that improve automatically through experience and by the use of data. It is seen as a part of artificial intelligence. (wikipedia)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. It has since played a key role in the development of many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength. It is frequently regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. (wikipedia)

Quantum Computing – Quantum computing is the use of quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computation. (wikipedia)

Hope Sisters – The HopeSisters are two ambitious youth with one mission, to spread hope. They both are passionate about creating a generation that gives back and dismantles systemic inequities. (https://www.thehopesisters.com )

A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Canadian province of Ontario. (wikipedia)

ClubhouseClubhouse is an invite-only audio platform where users can start conversations, listen in to conversations, and network. When you open the app you’ll find one spot to search for users or clubs (which are like affinity groups) you’d like to follow, and a calendar of upcoming events based on the interests you selected when you first signed up. You can see what rooms other people are a part of, jump around to listen in, and raise your hand if you want to be invited up to the stage. Infused Classroom series author Holly Clark (@holllyclarkedu on CH) describes it as “an interactive podcast”. (www.edsurge.com)

Legislative Assembly – In Canada, a legislative assembly is the body of people elected in each province and territory to create and pass laws. The legislature of a province or territory is made up of a legislative assembly along with the lieutenant governor. (www.thoughtco.com)

A House of Commons page is a non-partisan employee of the House of Commons of Canada. Pages perform both ceremonial and administrative duties, including:

  • participation in the Speaker’s parade,
  • delivering documents and water to Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Chamber and in House committees,
  • answering telephones in the lobbies and delivering messages to MPs, and
  • assisting the Speaker, Clerks, Sergeant-at-Arms and other House officers in the Chamber.

The Knowledge Society (TKS) – founded on the belief that as a society we are not optimizing human potential, and if we unlocked the full potential of young people they could solve the world’s biggest problems. (www.tks.world)

My daughter was in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international honor society for community college students, not TKS.

Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system. A blockchain is essentially a digital ledger of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of computer systems on the blockchain. (wikipedia)

Headspace – Headspace was officially launched in 2010 as an events company, but attendees wanted to take what they learned home with them. Andy, Rich, and a small team decided to make Andy’s techniques available online so more people could experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere. And that blossomed into the Headspace you see today: guided meditations, animations, articles and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style. (www.headspace.com)

Transcendental Meditation refers to a specific form of silent meditation and the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created and introduced the TM technique and TM movement in India in the mid-1950s. (wikipedia)

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