Posts Tagged ‘technology’

What is Life?

February 21, 2012

What is Life?

What is Life? Has it been conquered yet? There are very active claims of life forever. The Holy Grail. The Magic Cup and so on. So, is life conquered or are there still unchartered territories?

Life usually proceeds in the following way with a few probable exceptions where intermediateor last steps jump to produce the beginning and last steps:
Nothing –> Nature –> Luck –> Courage –> Friendship —> Like —> Love -> Mood -> Will -> Philosophy -> Art -> Science -> Technology -> Business -> Food -> Future Life —> Nature

There are two claims:

The Future: The Future announces life is conquered and everything is static. Mostly. One can probably travel to the future with the help of ‘Time Travel’ and find out what lies ahead in the future.

The Past: The Past says life is unconquered and is dynamic.

The following claim is being discussed:

And the two meet at the present. So there seems to be a twin reality of life being static and dynamic at the same time.

Reference

What is Life?: Erwin Schrödinger (A Book)
What is Life?: Poem (Previous Article)
What is Life?: A General Article (Previous Article)
What is Life?: Poem (Previous Article)

Caution: This is all theory

What does the East & West Wants?

November 17, 2011

What does the East & West Wants?

The East is looking at reproduction. The West is way ahead in civilization and technology. The population of the East and its effect on the Nature is a huge problem for them as it affects them too. Since the West is around and its also looking out for resources, the East is blocked. It has only its natural resources and innovation capabilities.

Due to population increase in East, natural resources are ever depleting. So the only way out is innovation. The East has a history about adopting ideas from West and not taking risk, it will always remain a slave of the West. Until unless it has the courage to think afresh.

The West is looking out for advancing their civilization through their innovation and Civilization. At the same time they are trying to solve the problems of the East too.

Caution: This might be all theory

The Quest For Humanity: A Civilization Without Borders

May 10, 2011

The Quest For Humanity: A Civilization Without Borders

In this blog, we explore the ultimate quest for humanity: Civilization. A Civilization without borders.

Earth & Man

Earth is one place if one looks at it from outside. It has been segregated by man into continents, countries, states, cities and then other distinctions like race, religion, caste, class.

Civilization

Distinctions create fissures in human relationships based on countries, class or race. This leads to wars and pain. The test of Humanity or Civilization is making all these distinctions and borders listed above porous and making Earth one place to live in as stated by Jawaharlal Nehru “The test of Humanity or Civilization is sacrifice and mutual co-operation”

Technology & Progress Of Man

From ages, technology has acted as a liberator of man and heeded in his progress.

Technology like (Steam Engine, Planes) created more porous Earth (16th & 17th Century) than before (15th century and prior). The body became free to travel across the World because of all these technologies. The West (England, France) capitalized on these technologies to become the torch-bearers of the  World during these centuries.

Technology like (Mobile, Internet) created further porous Earth (19th & 20th Century) than the 17th century. The mind became free to travel without any physical travel because of all these technologies. America took the lead in developing these technologies to become the superpower of the World.

Future of Technology & Ethics

In the 18th & 19th century, nuclear revolution was the marvel of that generation. However along with energy & power, it also led to the creation of nuclear bombs and devastation (Anyone remembers the Cold War and the devastation of Japan in 1940’s).

Man is faced again with interesting choices for the future: Cloning, Brain Intrusive Technology, which are again raising questions on Humanity Ethics and Freedom. But at the same time, they are also the technology marvel of this generation. Which way we go would possibly lead to a World with more happiness & peace or a World with mass destruction & slavery yet to be seen. Destruction & Slavery, only a bit subtle.

Caution: This might be all theory

Innovation & Poverty

January 8, 2011

Innovation & Poverty

This blog is to find out some of the root cause of poverty, its solution and the current situation of the World

The Poor people of the World

The poor people of the World form nearly around 50% of the World population mostly living in Asia and Africa. They are people without organized food, shelter and clothes. And without any other luxury too. A lot of them even miss meals during the day.

The Past Civilization of India & China: Abundant natural resources with a low population

Although Asia (IndiaChina) has been rich in the past, during the pre-dark ages, it has been because of the abundant natural resources and a very less population. The less population had enough land, water and other natural resources like forest, fish to support themselves which gave them enough other opportunities to form a civilization. A lot of other arts developed during these times.

Current Problems: Large Population, Depleting Natural Resources, Have’s & Have’s Not

After the dark ages, the population had grown quite significantly and had spread across the World with the discovery of West (America). The natural resources of the World were insufficient to support the growing needs of population. There was a crying need for productivity and creation of wealth from other sources. Europe & America took the lead in innovation and creation of products: Steam Engine, Nuclear Energy, Computers, Internet and more. This innovation cycle led into tremendous productivity surplus in the World, creating wealth the World had never seen before.

Where the jobs are flowing from into the poor world?

The innovation also led to an haves and have not distinction in the Society. Talent brought forth tremendous wealth to a few and a little to the masses. However over time, it also created enough jobs for the masses in turn lifting them out of poverty. A new middle class was created across the World which had basic amenities plus some luxuries like a car too.

Till date, all the products are a creation of the West. And these products have in turn created jobs in the rest of the World. It would be safe to say innovation is the only creator of jobs and in turn the main source for lifting the poor out of poverty.

All the poor people in Asia and Africa who have become middle class in the last century or so have been because of the West (and not due to any innovation in the East). So if one has to remove poverty, create jobs and lift the poor out of poverty, the only way out is to innovate. Something which Asia and Africa are yet to learn. We would be slaves till then of the West, and perhaps of Nature as the West is at the cutting edge of Science and Technology to outrun Nature.

Caution: This might be theory

How to manage a Country of a Billion People – I – Overview

November 5, 2010

How to manage a Country of a Billion People – I – Overview

This is the first blog of the series “How to manage a Country of a Billion People” to take our country to glory.

Why am I writing this blog?

As i have been hustling & jostling in this country, with failures most of the times and success at odd times, i have been wondering why is it so tough living in this country. Why do most of us come back to our homes harrowed, disappointed and dejected? Why there is no dignity in any of us? Why aren’t we proud to be Indians? As i rub shoulders with most of the Indians, why do I feel pain, helplessness & dejection in their eyes? This made me write the series of blogs “How to manage a Country of a Billion People”. It is just a start and I am hoping i can add value in the years to come to take India to its destiny. A destiny which every Indian would be proud off.

Our present, past & future of India

India’s past has been marked with foreign rule most of the time. People came, raided this country for wealth, ruled and left. The latest one were the British who ruled us for about 3 odd centuries. India has very little history of being an independent country under one common leadership untill the last 70 years.  Even for these 70 years, it has been multiple parties mostly fragmented in opinion presiding over this country. With lack of leadership knowledge the country has been rambling in the past going nowhere. It is yet to form an identity, a vision. Currently we are a defined as a country of billion odd people. Period.

A look at other countries around the World and their history

Countries like England, Germany, Japan, Russia and USA have raced to glory in the past few centuries. With ambition, innovation and hard work they have created long-lasting value for their country, the benefits of which the descendants in the next several centuries will reap. British innovated the Industrial Revolution in the 16th century. Germany the nuclear one in the 18th century and USA the computer revolution in the 20th century. They created tremendous wealth with their risk taking abilities and created a Society which its citizens are proud to live in. In the next several blogs, we will take each country as a case study and dissect its success and failures to learn from them.

What do we do now?

Considering our country has been a colossal failure in every respect in the last few centuries and will continue to do so in the next several centuries until unless we start creating value now. Value in every respect. Economically, Socially, Politically and as a Civilization. Currently we are just ambling along wherever the world is going, with no vision & no road to our destiny. In fact we don’t have any destiny as off today. So the next question comes to us “Holy Cow! What do we do now? Good question! Lets tinker on this question in the next series of our blog “How to manage a Country of a Billion People”, where we try to create a vision for our country and a road to its destiny.

Caution: This might be all theory

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

February 3, 2010

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

If you look at the population growth of India in the past 20 centuries, it was less than 50 million before the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution was started in the West during the 17th Century and started bearing fruits towards the end of the 19th century. India started getting exposed to the advancement of West during this time. The first thought which came to the common Indian mind was “More the hands in the family, more the money”. This led to a tremendous population growth in the 20th century with the population doubling every 10 years from about 50 million in the beginning of the 20th century to about 1200 million at the end of the 20th century. It’s funny to think of it, but I am also a product of this exact thought.

The technology achievements of the West were not replicated in India. On one hand, the population grew exponentially and on the other hand the technology achievements of the West failed to establish a base in India. This is even after the Independence of India (Post 1947). This can be easily attributed as the biggest failure of our country. What were the reasons we failed to establish our country as a developed country? And we went exactly in the opposite direction. (You can have a look at Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech at Independence Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryst_with_Destiny)

  1. Rigid Caste System
  2. Loss of Patriotism or Nationalism fervor after Independence (We can hardly make the Indian Flag properly)
  3. Lack of Unity
  4. Lack of freedom as an individual
  5. Lack of Leaders with foresight to transform India into a developed country and arrest its population growth

Some other thoughts:

  1. We failed to improvise on the caste system even though there were leaders as role models (Akbar the Great, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King) in this field. Do we have the courage to get rid of it now or anytime soon in the future?
  2. Jawarharlal Nehru and his descendants were greatly influenced by the socialistic model of Russia (Too much of Congress post-Independence, What are our alternatives?  – Question for us now and in the future)
  3. Which country do we look as a rode model after Independence? The West (British, French) already had ruled us and we were a little bit unhappy with them. (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  4. Should we team up with Russia? America? Did the Cold War make the choice a bit difficult for us? (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  5. Lack of leaders as role models (Economic) around the world. As the effects of the Industrial Revolution were more recent to study and more distributed among a lot of people. Also the Industrial Revolution was typically due to a lot of inventors, entrepreneurs, discoverers and artists, rather than kings, conquerors as in the past of India & World.

* All data in this blog are assumptions or from Wikipedia & Google

# From Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech “Tryst with Destiny” on the eve of India’s Independence – The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman. (By the way, this is still the question today. And we have to answer this question. Because 50 years down the line-2050, our descendants will look back and probably write something similar as in this blog)

CAUTION: This might be all theory

Moshi Moshi

December 25, 2009

Moshi Moshi

Speaking to someone long distance has changed so much. Earlier it was the fixed landline telephone everywhere and it still continues to be the major instrument in developing countries. It was one of the greatest technological invention that gave people the capablity to talk to people all over the world without traveling to the receiver’s place. Then the cellphone came and got rid of most of the wires and gave the convenience of mobility & personalization to its customers.

The invention of the internet improvised many industries. All the communication in the telephonic industry is being digitized giving rise to many applications and at the same time it is bringing down the cost of communication. Gadgets which can hook up to the local WIFI or computers connected to the internet are increasingly becoming the new interface through which we communicate all over the world. It is also bringing a host of features with it like video capibility, low call rates, digital clarity, unlimited storage. (Check out Skype, it can also talk to landlines, cellphones and the other way round too over the internet infrastructure)

As in the case any technological innovation, the internet has had disruptive effects in the telephone industry (companies, regulating & other government bodies, customer), which ultimately however has given benefit to the customer. The West has been quick to adopt technology changes in the telephony industry and pass on the benefits to the masses. However the East has been slow to pick up on this. As communication being the most important ingredient in any of the social, economical or political dealings, it is imperative for us to open & dereugalarize this industry as far as possible giving a host of new possibilities to the masses.

Happy Moshi Moshi in the future!

Caution This might be all theory

The Old Age

November 30, 2009

The Old Age

Guten Tag!

So I have been wondering what is old age like? Its like spending the entire day in hustle and bustle and then your mind & body is so exhausted that you just wanna hit the sack. Obviously during this time, very few things would interest you and the other way round too.

Everyone’s so caught up in this fast paced life, work that anyone would hardly have any time for them. What are the outlets for them to spend Quality time in the Society? In terms of their contribution as well as well being?

Health is one of the most primary & pertaining issue for them. Is there a need for more transparency, quality, technical know how and decreasing cost in the health care industry?

Ever changing technology is making it difficult for them to weave themselves into the Society. A lot of them are out of work and so are dependent on either the Family or the Society. The question then is, how do they remain Self Reliant?

These questions need to be addressed & new ways need to be found out in enriching our old age.

Social Service

November 16, 2009

Social Service

Poverty & Illness is of global scale across boundaries. It would take centuries before we can take everyone out of them. Experience from my life has taught be that I should have spent more time outdoors than indoors. People from cities need to spend some time in small towns, villages. People from small towns need to spend some time in villages. People in villages should spend some time in forest and so on. Similarly people from developed countries should spend some of their time in developing countries. This would ensure transfer of education & technology from “haves” to “haves-not” in a much shorter time (Development of technology is one task and implementing is another).

When you are young and in a school or college (the age is ripe for learning), 50% of your time should be spend outside the class. When you are employed, probably 20% and when you run you own business probably 10% (These are random figures and can be decided by the global community). You can learn more about life outside than from books, computers, etc.

Mebbe now the time is ripe to have a Social Service number for everyone around the world (something like Social Security in USA or the National ID Project of India). Everyone gets Brownie Points as they contribute to the Society. There would probably be no monetary value but have other benefits like learning soft skills, culture, languages & mebbe would also signify Social Status in the future.

(Note: The movement of people the other way round from villages to towns and from towns to cities, increasing efficiency in cities due to privitization & competition is natural and does not need to be implemented)

# National ID Project is headed by Nandan Nilekani

Caution: This might be all theory