Feb 2015 12

OnePlus will be launching its own custom OS named OxygenOS. Everyone is wondering what’s the reason to do so, and I thought of digging out some information related to this major step:

  • Getting out of Google’s Umbrella:

Many of the forked Android OS are fully dependent on when Google releases next Android version and then integrating new features into custom OS takes time, and with Google pushing new releases every 6th month, it becomes a process of catching up.

  • OnePlus & CYANOGEN:

OnePlus came out with first commercial smartphone loaded with CyanogenMod OS, and the kind of response they got was unimaginable. This I felt helped CyanogenMod more than anyone else in pursuing the idea of pulling away from Android OS main line development. Thus was born a company called CYANOGEN that started taking it’s own Android OS called CYANOGEN OS more seriously and also on to other non-OnePlus smartphones. Though CYANOGEN OS came into market with OnePlus, I see its real existence only after the success of OnePlus One. [..]

Jan 2015 25

Google Research team works extensively on various computer science research topics, and the approach they follow has been termed by them as, “Hybrid Research Model.”  This model focuses on striking balance between research and engineering activities. [..]

Nov 2014 03

Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) was one of the electives I took during my undergraduate studies. Then I couldn’t understood the importance and scope of ANN, but with current advancement in technology, both in hardware and software, has made me realize the importance of ANN. Any technological breakthrough requires at par innovation in software and hardware domain, and ANN has found its way into both these domains.

ANN In Hardware:

Software requires an excellent architecture to run on and recently IBM research announced brain-inspired processor. IBM claims that the chip consumes merely 70 milliwatts, and is capable of 46 billion synaptic operations per second, per watt–literally a synaptic supercomputer in your palm. Such chip are called as neuromorphic chip, that makes heavy use of ANN to solve complex problems in similar manner as a human brain would.

ANN In Software:

To fully utilize any computer architecture, it requires smart software written by smart programmers. But with the help of ANN and artificial intelligence, Google is trying to achieve something unimaginable: they want to get rid of programmers. They want computers to program themselves on the go and come up with solutions to problems that would otherwise require human intervention. They call such machine: Neural Turing Machine.

Both these innovation in software and hardware bring out an old and very important debate of “technological singularity. Ray Kurzweil in his book, “The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology“, predicted many future technological outcomes, and how they will supersede human. So far, many of those predictions has been true, and above two innovations are in line with those. The dark side of technological singularity would be that new technologies will be so powerful, that they will transcend the current limits of our understanding.

So, the question is: The Technological Singularity Is Here?

Sep 2014 20

Government of India (GoI) is really good at rolling out new policies, massive infrastructure projects and legislative bills. The question of whether such initiatives will be implemented is imaginary. Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India is one ministry, whose sole purpose till date has been introduction of policies targeting Indian tech community.

Few policies/plans initiated by DeitY:

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Sep 2014 15

In July 2010, then Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal unveiled a prototype of a tablet called Aakash (commercially known as Ubislate) and since then it has seen three commercial versions and fourth is in pipeline. The main purpose of this project is to distribute low-cost subsidized tablet to students in universities and colleges across India in order to create an e-learning platform. This idea was well received by many in tech industry and even Vivek Wadhwa saw immense potential in it and so did I.

With time this project saw multiple hiccups, development issues and now with change in governance, to me this project is just days away from being shelved. One of the main threat to Aakash project is recently announced Android One by Google, which was launched today. [..]

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