Raymond Cheng awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts
The official logo for RSA fellowship (above)
Dr Cheng has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, The RSA,
in recognition for his continuous work in the betterment of the human society
through information technology.
"I am so grateful and thankful to the RSA as the award of the fellowship acknowledged
not only my work over the last 20 years but also signified an approval of some kind,
particularly from like-minded peers from all over the world," Dr Cheng commented.
"I knew long ago that I am not alone and there are a lot of people out there
doing even much bigger things with far greater ideas, so being officially accepted
to become part of such a huge network of these great and visionary people definitely
feels honored and privileged."
"Since 1997, I have been a convener or on boards of directors for
various voluntary projects (including different types of information technology
related work for the local Salvation Army, the Rotary Club, publicly-funded museums
and exhibition halls for visual and installation arts,
as well as projects for other religious bodies and NGOs) all aiming at the betterment
of the human society through the use of information technology. As a believer of the
power of free and collaborative information I see that a better future can be built
through the free and transparent flow of information coupled with the collective wisdom
of everyone on this planet. Just as I often say, the 'I' alone simply doesn't help much
if we do not come and work together. Now as a new fellow of the RSA, I can foresee
that I would not only meet people with similar ambition but could also contribute
my part to help form a larger 'we' while learning from other fellows to widen
my perspectives upon the world," he added.
Dr Cheng is the Founding Editor of Commentary.com –
an online project he started in 1997 in the quest for truth behind complicated
contemporary affairs and in search of insights for ethically sustaining the development
of the human society via the study of language (linguistics) and numbers (statistics).
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About the RSA
Founded in 1754, The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
is often simply referred to as The Royal Society of Arts for the sake of brevity, and
its members as Fellows of the RSA (FRSA).
The society has a wealth of notable achievements and Fellows in its 250-year history. It is an
enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today's social challenges.
Through its ideas, research and Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability
to close the gap between today's reality and people's hopes for a better world.
Fellows of the RSA are achievers and influencers who come from an extraordinary range
of backgrounds and are committed to civic innovation and social progress.
Becoming an RSA Fellow depends on having made a contribution to society in a cultural or arts-related sphere.
The RSA Fellowship is a powerful national and international network of accomplished individuals.
It is a diverse and multidisciplinary group of people united by a desire to positively change the world.
Fellows include scientists, philosophers and environmentalists; leaders in the commercial, voluntary
and public sectors; designers and architects; social entrepreneurs; innovative practitioners of literature,
film, dance, and the visual arts; opinion formers and journalists.
For over 150 years the RSA's Journal has published accounts of lectures from speakers as diverse as
Ronald Reagan, Mary Robinson, Mary Moser, Peter Ustinov, Alexander Graham, Gordon Russell, Joseph Paxton,
and Guglielmo Marconi. The RSA archive is full of contributions from such notable figures as
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson, William Hogarth, Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens,
Thomas Hardy, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Chippendale, Karl Marx, William Wilberforce, Joseph Hume,
Michael Faraday, Rowland Hill, Edwin Lutyens, Joseph Banks, Robert & James Adam, and Joshua Reynolds.
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to read all our news excerpts about the Asian island
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I am proud to announce that
the Commentary.com website is now carrying the technology updates
from Usman Khurshid's Technize.net.
Usman is a network consultant and works in a mixed environment
of Windows and Linux platforms.
He likes to study about the
latest advancements in computer technology and shares his views on his blog.
Oh, please do not get me wrong.
This new section is not about computers, electronics or
any engineering stuff, but rather I am currently constructing
a new corpus based on Spectrum, the monthly publication
from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA,
from July 2007 to date. Having been a member for
over 20 years since 1992, I am always fascinated by
some of the terms scientists use when they talk about or
envision their new inventions or methodologies. How many of
them eventually come into practice? Could there be
some insights we could possibly derive, from
the linguistics perspective?
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