Less is More. Measure and Scale.

Monsoons, are generally dull and boring. I had to keep seeing the beauty in things, the beauty in nature that surrounded me, as I hopped, skipped and splotched along the puddled, graveled road. My morning walk during my holiday break, in a remote town in India. 

 

The sky, a giant canvas that blotted grey ink in twenty shades, the trees swaying like the fans meant for Gods. As the morning light peeped in and out, the vastness of the paddy fields, foliage and sounds of the birds, a perfect pantomime that swathed another 20 shades of green. And as though that wasn’t enough, the small town that this was, was peppered with color that even the Gods would be blinded by.

 

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At Your Fingertips. Time the Essence.

“What stands out right now, in school?” I ask my 13-year-old daughter over lunch; she recently shifted institutions. “What strikes you the most?”

“Their teaching method.. The way they turn theory into practice. That makes it more enjoyable. My previous school did not do that.”.

“Which experience was the most interesting?” I prod on.

“Chemistry, Biology experiments and Mathematics…” she rambles off.

Every subject in this school has an interactive method, be it a lab or use of mobile phones to answer questions in class, polls , videos etc., something the previous institution severely lacked.

Now extend that connection to what’s happening in the wider society.

1. Every person, every business is productive because of technology. Adopt/harness it for it’s larger good. Don’t repel it for it’s ill effects.

2. More power to the user. The age of control through interactions at fingertips, mostly.

On these, I attempt to take you through a fascinating journey.

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Robots & Humans; Uberification & 5G

Talking Mirrors , Singing Toothbrushes, Holographic Performances…

 … Pepper the robot launched by Softbank, Japan. Pepper is capable of  reading emotions.  A  1000 units sold out in 60 seconds ! 

 

5G in the world of telecommunications isn’t too far away. We were in South Korea recently and it’s amazing to see how they are already talking about the next G connectivity fabric – Connecting Everything and Anything – and how they will bring it to life at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.  

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CURIOSITY killed the CAT. SATISFACTION brought it BACK.

Curiosity killed the Cat

…Age old proverb. The earliest known printed reference to a variation of this proverb was on 23rd December 1912, found in The Titusville Herald newspaper. It read as…You will find greater values here. We are told:  Curiosity killed the cat, But satisfaction brought it back ….”

What does it really mean? Here’s my take – Curiosity (What + How) can get me into a lot of trouble, but if I search for an answer (Why), the satisfaction in the answer (Where + When) overrides the trouble I went thru. After all a Cat has 9 lives does it not?  Randomness is fine, but relevance matters in curiosity.

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