Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”
Vivek Wadhwa: The chilling effect Peter Thiel's battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism
Opinion: Gawker infringes on privacy and publishes tabloid-like stories that damage reputations. It is one of the most sensationalist and objectionable media outlets in the country. It also has not been kind to me. So it's not a company that I would expect to be defending. But I worry that the battle that billionaire Peter Thiel has clandestinely been waging against it will be damaging to Silicon Valley by furthering distrust of its motives.
Analysis: Apple's dismal earnings announcement shows why it badly needs to rethink its innovation model and leadership. Its last breakthrough innovation was the iPhone -- which was released in 2007. So it's time to acquire Tesla - and name Elon Musk as CEO.
With the advent of synthetic biology and gene editing tools, there are amazing breakthroughs being made in medicine, energy and food. Within a few years, we will see cures for debilitating diseases, new biofuels, and grains that can be grown in extreme climates. We will also have many new nightmares: bioterrorism and well-meaning experiments that get out of hand. Imagine a superbug that can cure -- or kill -- millions of people or a virus which targets one person, say, a U.S. president. This is not science fiction; it is happening, writes format Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vive Wadhwa.
Analysis: A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history -- Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay--is that they aren't focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is something that the technology industry learned long ago -- and perfected. It is what gives Silicon Valley an unfair advantage over competitors in every industry; something that is becoming increasingly important as all information becomes digitized.
Analysis: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, blogger and author Vivek Wadhwa says The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist's iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That's because there really aren't any existing laws which encompass technologies such as these. The fight is just beginning.
Analysis: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, blogger and author Vivek Wadhwa says Apple is doing the tech industry a big disservice by choosing to fight with the FBI over accessing to a terrorist's smartphone.
Analysis: Last year was the tipping point in the global adoption of the Internet, digital medical devices, blockchain, gene editing, drones, and solar energy. This year will be the beginning of an even bigger revolution, one that will change the way we live, let us visit new worlds, and lead us into a jobless future.
To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot more happened than that. A broad range of technologies reached a tipping point, from cool science projects or objects of convenience for the rich, to inventions that will transform humanity. We haven't seen anything of this magnitude since the invention of the printing press in the 1400s. Here are the six.
Analysis: Apple Pay is a threat to banks and credit cards, writes former Triangle entrepreneur-turned-academic and author Vivek Wadhwa. How so? He explains in detail, describing Apple Pay as a Trojan horse.
n the television series Star Trek, virtual reality-chambers called "holodecks" take humans into computer-generated worlds where they interact with avatars -- and with each other. Imagine being able to visit a distant planet or Tahiti during your lunch break. In Star Trek, holodecks come into existence in the 24th century and reproduce all sensory perceptions, including touch and smell.
Netflix recently announced an unlimited paid-leave policy that allows employees to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption. It is trying to one-up tech companies that offer unlimited vacation as a benefit. These are all public-relations ploys and recruiting gimmicks. No employee will spend a year as a full-time parent; hardly any will go on month-long treks to the Himalayas. Employees will surely take a couple of weeks off, but they will still be working--wherever they are. That is the new nature of work.
Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergei Brin, understand advancing technologies better than almost anyone else does. And they seem to have realized that dramatic change was needed in order to get their company to continue to be a technology leader. So they are trying another grand experiment: breaking Google into competitive pieces-before they are forced to do so for survival, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa.
Not long ago, schoolchildren chose what they wanted to be when they grew up, and later selected the best college they could gain admission to, spent years gaining proficiency in their fields, and joined a company that had a need for their skills. Careers lasted lifetimes.
Policy makers will have a big new problem to deal with: the disappearance of human jobs. Not only will there be fewer jobs for people doing manual work, the jobs of knowledge workers will also be replaced by computers. Almost every industry and profession will be impacted and this will create a new set of social problems -- because most people can't adapt to such dramatic change.
Vivek Wadhwa's latest column asks when the Internet of things will have gone too far and notes privacy concerns when our toasters, refrigerators and smartphones all talk to each other and their makers.
In the business world, the rise of mobile platforms is dramatically transforming many industries, from transportation (think Uber and Lyft versus taxis) to banking and photography. Consumers everywhere now have access to functionality on their smartphones that makes traditional taxis, bank branches and cameras redundant. This is rapidly changing the competitive landscape in plenty of markets and creating huge headaches for incumbents. So it's quite surprising that while there has been an outpouring of innovation in consumer apps, there has been relatively little imagination displayed so far in the world of business apps.
Opinion: What has been holding solar back so far has ostensibly been the cost of storage, says former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa. Technologies such as batteries were prohibitively expensive, large and cumbersome. Residential solar installations needed to feed into the electric grid during the day and to buy back energy during the night. This is a problem that Tesla has just fixed, though, with its Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Technology is enabling a possible revolution in education. I am not talking about the much-hyped Massive Open Online Courses. To me, these are as imaginative as the first TV shows in which radio stars stood in front of a camera with a microphone in hand. I am talking about a complete transformation of the way teaching is done, with the computer taking the role of the lecturer, the teacher becoming a coach, and students taking responsibility for their own learning.