The flying car has become a cliche in how a technology promise was not kept. Flying cars were quite a common prop in movies in the 1950’s and 60’s with the implicit promise that they were around the corner. And if you are kind that follows tech news obsessively and have a great memory, you […]
We all know that some technical topics become hot, stay hot for some length of time, and then fade away from attention in academia, and the research world more generally. And then there are some topics that stay more stable for extended periods of time, for say one career span of years. This post is […]
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke When diktats come down from the high up, i.e., the corridors of administrative power, and these are not helpful to society at large, does the crowd, i.e., a mass of people, mobilized through technology have the power […]
Datacenters – these distant, idealized instantiations of our digital present – do fail at times. When they do, they affect our physical present. Here is one (of several) reason why this happens and this one is only too human.
The latest crippling ransomware to hit our digital world has been Wanna Cry, which raised its head around May 12. Ransomware is a kind of software used by bad actors (or simply put “bad guys”) to make data in computer systems unavailable, such as, by encrypting the data. The bad actors promise to make the […]