Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”

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Does Stephen Hawking have a solution for the "most dangerous time for our planet?"

Vivek Wadhwa Stephen Hawking made a bold headline last week: "This is the most dangerous time for our planet." Is technology the main culprit?

Updated November 30

Vivek Wadhwa: These 6 new technology rules will govern our future

Vivek Wadhwa As we undergo continuing rapid change, many of the old assumptions that we have relied on will no longer apply. Technology is creating a new set of rules that will change our very existence. Here are six:

Updated October 10

Premium Lock Robots could replace soldiers in warfare - Is that a good thing?

This might scare you, but the Terminator version 0.1 is already here. Autonomous killing machines are already being used by militaries and it is very likely that they start creeping into civilian situations. This is the subject of my new column, coauthored with Aaron Johnson, a colleague at Carnegie Mellon Engineering who has been researching this subject.

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Updated August 31

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: I already live in the future - and so should you

Vivek Wadhwa Guest opinion: The distant future is no longer distant, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa. The pace of technological change is rapidly accelerating, and those changes are coming to you very soon, whether you like it or not.

July 26

Premium Lock Elon Musk's "crazy plans" are really quite sane

Vivek Wadhwa Elon Musk recently laid out a "master plan" for where his company, Tesla Motors, is heading. The vision is undoubtedly ambitious, but Vivek Wadhwa says it is sound.

July 4

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Obama's greatest legacy may be the global entrepreneurship he sparked

It is rare to go to a government event, especially where political leaders are speaking, in which you can stay awake or be truly inspired. Indeed, I had very low expectations of President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which was held at Stanford University recently. I thought it would be nothing more than a publicity vehicle for the administration. But I left extremely impressed with the dynamism and energy that it generated and the positive impact it had on the entrepreneurs who were there from the United States and the developing world.

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June 16

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Democracy is a great thing, except in the workplace

Vivek Wadhwa Guest opinion: Business leadership is not a popularity contest; the best companies are run by enlightened dictators, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.

Updated June 8

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: The chilling effect Peter Thiel's battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

Updated May 6

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Why Tesla, Musk are the sparks Apple needs

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

April 25

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: How open science can help solve Zika and prepare us for the next pandemic

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

April 4

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Here's the advantage that keeps Silicon Valley ahead of the world

Vivek 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.

March 18

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Apple vs. FBI is just the tip of the iceberg as laws can't keep up with tech

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

March 7

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Apple picked the wrong battle in privacy war

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

Updated January 20

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: These 6 technologies will define 2016

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

Updated January 12

Premium Lock 2015 was a tipping point for six technologies that will change the world

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

Updated December 31, 2015

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Here's how Apple's Trojan horse will eat the credit card industry

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

Updated December 25, 2015

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Forget recalls, it's toy hacking you should be concerned about

Vivek Wadhwa Analysis: As more toys become connected to the Internet, how many have lax security? And how many millions, or hundreds of millions, of children are in danger due to it?

October 26, 2015

Premium Lock Reality catching up to Star Trek

Virtual reality googles 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.

August 18, 2015

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: You can leave the office, but there's no getting away from work

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

August 11, 2015

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Why Google's Alphabet reorganization is the right move

Vivek Wadhwa 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.

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