Panel discussion: Autonomous systems and assisted navigation through haptic feedback

By invitation from NASSCOM, I recently moderated a panel discussion in Cochin. The topic was Artificial Intelligence. My co-panelists were Dr. Roshy John of TCS and Krispian Lawrence of Ducere. The focus was on autonomous systems and assisted navigation through haptic feedback. I opened the session with a one line description on AI, “mechanization of movement to mechanization of thought”. Summing up the journey so far, I cited examples of…

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Big data and the entreprise: A new normal for enterprise architecture

The rise of big data systems is primarily driven by web based application paradigms for the B2C market. The growth of B2B solutions delivered through web based application models is driving a few shifts in enterprise architecture. It is as much about the convergence of two different approaches, as it is about the conflict in basic conceptual models. The web architecture model drives popular web based applications in the B2C…

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Unbundling design for innovation in Big Data

“At Crayon, the visual design always took precedence over the systems design. This is because the experience-centric systems place a premium on user experience over the backend systems efficiency. During the early decades of my professional career, I have been trained as a critical systems designer in the domain of real-time systems, and mostly in highly regulated industries like avionics and communications. As a young developer, I have always been…

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Privacy debates: the two axes that govern them

I recently read an article on Tech Crunch about Apple’s public pro-privacy stand, and Snowden’s recent public appearance on Twitter. These two events may not seem related. However, to quote the article, “pro-privacy moves by mainstream tech giants can absolutely chart a link back to Snowden’s 2013 revelations about the extent of government surveillance of the online sphere”. By snooping on its citizens and regularly hacking into consumer information, the…

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New-age cab services, Venture financing and more

I took an Uber taxi ride last week to Indiranagar (Bangalore). My car was at the garage for repairs and I had a digital wallet balance to consume. The cab was a brand new Maruti Swift Dzire, and I was concerned that the man behind the wheel was just as new to driving! So I started to ask him about his driving record, and it led to this unforgettable conversation.…

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Big data meets design: Visual communication in big data

A chance encounter with Crayon’s co-founder Srikant Sastri in Colombo in 2012, led to my introduction to Crayon’s founder Suresh Shankar in Singapore. It took just a few meetings with Suresh, for me to realize that he is a visual story teller. In strict technical terms, he represented a semiotic view of symbols and usefulness, while I represented the ontological view of correctness and completeness of the same data set.…

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A Taste of Choice: Building a Taste Graph

This is the second part of Vijaya Kumar Ivaturi’s earlier post Big data analytics – Not just a matter of scale. “It is in the above context that the recent advances in recommender systems need to be viewed. The use of graph based systems for solving social and information affinity problems is a case in point. The emergence of behavioural systems theory to explain online social behaviour adds a new…

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Big data analytics – Not just a matter of scale

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker It is only when you reflect on your experiences do they translate into learning. And so, having been in the technology space for close to three decades, I’ve had the opportunity to get a ringside view of most tech trends. But perhaps the one that has engaged me the most has been…

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