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Matching the “Pegs” and “Holes”

Matching the “Pegs” and “Holes”

  In the frenzy that follows a celebrity death or any horrifying end to a well-known personality, the Freuds, Sherlocks and Devi Shettys of society come out of the woodwork to voice their expert opinions. News channels and social networking sites are full of messages...
Don’t Believe the Hype About AI

Don’t Believe the Hype About AI

To borrow a punch line from Duke professor Dan Ariely, artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: “Everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it.” Even though AI systems can...
Why You Need to Live in the Future — As I Do

Why You Need to Live in the Future — As I Do

I live in the future as it is forming and this is happening far faster than most people realise, and far faster than the human mind can comfortably perceive. I live in the future. I drive an amazing Tesla electric vehicle, which takes control of the steering wheel on...
When Stars Turn Into Moons

When Stars Turn Into Moons

“How can Radha NOT be jealous?” the damsel standing in front of me demanded to know emphatically. When she said it, she registered 10.0 on the Righteous Indignation scale.   I nodded my head in a spirited display of supreme empathy, which I’m known to...
How Devices Hack Our Happiness

How Devices Hack Our Happiness

For the past 30 years, most of us around the globe have welcomed modern technology with few questions and fewer reservations. We have treated each new product as a “solution” and paid little attention to its accompanying problems. The past six months, though, have...
India Must Stop Foreign Giants from Cannibalizing Its Startups

India Must Stop Foreign Giants from Cannibalizing Its Startups

The issue is bigger than money. It is about power and control. If India does not rein in foreign technology companies, it will suffer under corporate colonialism. The Rs 136 crore fine imposed on Google for discriminatory search operation was nothing more than a slap...