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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.
Former Triangle entrepreneur-turned-academic and award-winning author, has been an outspoken proponent for women and minorities in the technology industry for years. But after a dispute with WNYC, a National Public Radio affiliate, Wadhwa says he is stepping out of the debate about women in tech. In this column, he explains his reasons.
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic and award-winning author Vivek Wadhwa believes progress is being made by tech companies when it comes to improving diversity.
Dreaming of traveling to the moon? Entrepreneurs just may make that dream a reality. The good news is that governments no longer have a monopoly on space exploration. In two or three decades, we will have entrepreneurs taking us on private spaceflights to the moon. That is what has become possible.
Vivek Wadhwa: Just as an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs that ruled the Earth and made way for small furry mammals, a new wave of planetary disruptions is about to occur. The new asteroid is called "exponential technology."
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, now an academic and widely published author, has been an outspoken advocate of immigration reform. And President Obama's recently announced plan does much to help the high-tech industry, says Wadhwa who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from India.
Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, author and WRAL TechWire contributor Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on the Uber debate. and the rise of the "sharing economy." Despite recent controversies, Wadhwa says Uber may actually be doing humanity a service - by paving new digital trails.
Analysis: It's time for the political quagmire and stalemate to give way to compromise and good governance. Immigration reform surely cannot wait. President Obama should turn his party's Senate defeat into a victory for America, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa.
The next set of diversity dominoes that needs to fall is the venture-capital system, writes Vivek Wadhwa, a former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and award-winning author. This is the bastion of sexism in the technology industry. It has encouraged the frat-boy behavior by investing public funds unwisely and appointing members of their boys' clubs to company boards.
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn't last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor -- all over world -- can afford a cellular phone. The experts are saying the same about solar energy now. They are wrong.