Still Online in the Afterlife

Mathematician, logician, and writer Douglas Hofstadter published his autobiography a few years ago, titled I Am a Strange Loop, in which he reminisces about his experiences after his wife’s death. Continuing a mathematical theme that he has explored with over the...
The Promise of a Mobile World

The Promise of a Mobile World

WEB ON-THE-GO by Bala Sankar. InnoWin Publishing. $35. E-book. 290 pages. Available on Amazon.com. The Upanishads spoke of the “one reality;” an invisible and indivisible One which we are connected with, even if we don’t understand the true nature of this connection,...
Is the Internet Making Us Dumb?

Is the Internet Making Us Dumb?

Recently there’s been a spate of writing about how too much technology might be making us stupid. The argument goes that technologies like the Internet, smart phones, computers, and various automated services, from grocery counters to teller machines, are doing so...

Privacy in the Digital Age

If you are from an Indian family, the notion of privacy may not be too sacrosanct to you. Arre beta, your relatives will say,  of course you can have privacy any time you want, we have a very nice deck where you can sit with your girlfriend if you wish. And if you...
Technology for Community Service

Technology for Community Service

It’s the time for New Year’s resolutions but, I will go further and suggest a New Decade resolution. Why only think ahead a year at a time, when you can achieve so much more with the investment that an entire decade can bring you? It is just like the compounding...